TWO police officers who dived into the River Teifi at Cardigan in an effort to save a toddler’s life have been nominated for a bravery award.

PCSO Caryl Griffiths and PC Nick Allen tried in vain to save two-year-old Kiara Moore, who tragically died when the car she was in rolled into the river in March, 2018.

Now the pair have been nominated for the Police Federation annual bravery awards, which honour some of the finest officers in England and Wales who have performed incredible acts of bravery while on or off duty.

Now in its 24th year, this year’s awards ceremony takes place tomorrow (July 18), to recognise those officers who have gone over and above what could ever be expected of them.

The citation reads: “PC Allen and PCSO Griffiths went into the deep water to try to save the child, despite instructions not to do so. The river was fast-flowing and extremely cold, with hazardous conditions.

“PC Allen entered the river fully clothed and waded through the water using a rope, fighting strong currents as he did so. PCSO Griffiths, who was also fully clothed, dived into the water and swam to the submerged vehicle. They both managed to climb on its roof and worked together to smash a window, before quickly removing the young child.

“Both officers tried in vain to rescue the child from the river. They showed the utmost determination and dedication to duty.”

PCSO Griffiths, who was part of Cardigan’s Neighbourhood Policing team before switching to the rural crime unit, has previously earned the Civilian of the Year award 2019 from the International Association of Women Police in recognition of her actions.

She has also received the WeCare award and a bravery award at the Dyfed-Powys Police annual awards ceremony.