Life-saving police officers who stopped stabbing victim from bleeding to death given award

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 October 2017

PC Samuel Hodson and PC Matt Boiles. Picture: Barry Attwater

PC Samuel Hodson and PC Matt Boiles. Picture: Barry Attwater

Barry Attwater

Weston-super-Mare police officers who saved a man who was bleeding to death from multiple stab wounds and a brave woman who helped to catch an armed burglar have been commended for their quick-thinking actions.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh with Seanna Moore. (Picture: Barry Attwater)Chief Constable Andy Marsh with Seanna Moore. (Picture: Barry Attwater)

The Avon and Somerset police team working in Weston saved a stab victim using belts and clothes to stem the bleeding.

When three PCs and Sergeant Mark Jenkinson arrived on the scene, the man was in severe pain and bleeding profusely.

The officers used a first aid kit from their car and high-vis vest to stop him bleeding to death.

The ambulance crew agreed the actions taken by the four officers saved the man’s life.

All four, who include PC Matt Boiles, PC Alice Durston and PC Samuel Hodson have received a Royal Humane Society Award, which was presented to them at the Somerset Force Awards.

Shop worker Seanna Moore, who tried to prevent an aggravated burglary at Congresbury Village Stores, also received an award.

She was working in the shop when an armed man gained access behind the counter.

She grabbed his arm and attempted to pull him away. He fled with stolen goods, but Ms Moore raced after him and gathered vital information about his vehicle.

Two men were stopped by police officers, both were charged, and the stolen items recovered.

Ms Moore said: “It took me a second to grasp what was going on in the shop, but as soon as I realised I immediately felt angry.

“I was concerned for the safety of my colleague – instinct took over and I just tried to get them out.”

A Cheddar police officer was recognised for his time-consuming work investigating a theft and defrauding case, where money donated to charities in memory of deceased loved ones was taken by a funeral director instead.

The case involved 46 funerals, and Detective Constable Mark Allder’s work ensured compensation was paid to the charities which otherwise would have lost the valuable donations.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “The awards reflect the very best of traditional policing; selfless acts of bravery and courage, as well as tenacity in tackling the changing face of policing with evolving new issues and compassionately caring for victims of crime.”

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