Steyning police commended

FOUR life-saving police officers have been commended at an awards ceremony for their bravery.

Tuesday, 31st October 2006, 8:57 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:47 pm

Police constables Martin Harris, John Redhead, Paul Rolland and Sarah Williams, all based at Steyning police station, saved the life of a suicidal man in February.

They risked their lives approaching the man, who was armed with a knife and threatening to hang himself.

The four were showered with broken glass after positioning themselves under the man in a bid to catch him if he jumped.

Eventually, they were able to negotiate with the man and talk him down. He was taken to hospital.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chief Inspector Alan Chambers said it had been "an act of bravery" on the officers' part.

He added: "Bravery doesn't show on any performance indicator, but it is something that's part of the job."