Crime-fighting great grandmother from Hackney wins Pride Of Britain Award for over 20 years of work

Pictured: Alice Burke, winner of Good Morning Britain Local Hero Award. Credit: Philip Coburn

Alice Burke, winner of Good Morning Britain Local Hero Award. Credit: Philip Coburn

A crime-fighting great grandmother has landed a Pride Of Britain Award for her role in combatting antisocial behaviour on her estate.

Alice Burke, 78, received the Good Morning Britain Local Hero award at the Pride Of Britain awards on Monday for her work both on the Nightingale Estate in Clapton and across Hackney for over 20 years.

Burke said: “I am very surprised and so honoured to be acknowledged. I am truly thankful and proud to receive this award. I love living in Hackney and all the things I do are for the benefit of others living in the borough.”

In the 1980s and 90s, the Nightingale Estate had many anti-social behaviour problems. Burke was the driving force in a campaign to oust gangs, muggers and prostitutes from the area.

The former auxiliary nurse set up a residents association in 1993, which focused on encouraging others to develop their community spirit, despite threats and intimidation.

Burke was previously honoured with a British Empire Medal for her services to housing in Hackney in 2012.

She retired as Chair of the Nightingale Estate Residents’ Association three years ago, but she continues to sit on several committees as part of her role on the Hackney Homes Board.

The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate everyday heroes throughout the UK who have been nominated by the public for the extraordinary things they have done to make a difference to other people’s lives.

The award shows’ guest list included big names such as David Beckham, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell.

The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron also recorded messages that were shown on a big screen.

The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards air October 1 on ITV at 8pm.

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