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Officers saved woman who tried to jump from bridge over the A2

PUBLISHED: 09:59 23 July 2015

PCs Leighton Gill and Ian McAllen (centre) receive their commendations

PCs Leighton Gill and Ian McAllen (centre) receive their commendations

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PCs receive commendation from Bexley's borough commander

Two Bexley police officers who saved a woman who was attempting to take her own life have been commended for their actions.

PC Iain McAllen and PC Leighton Gill were recognised by Bexley borough commander Chief Supt Jeff Boothe and the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Sybil Camsey for their bravery and professionalism in saving the woman as she attempted to jump from a footbridge onto the A2.

The incident happened at about 8pm on February 5 when police were called to a disturbance at an address in Bexley. When they arrived they were told that a woman had left the house in a very distressed state saying she was going to harm herself.

The officers managed to trace the woman to a footbridge over the A2.

As PCs McAllen and Gill approached, the woman climbed over the bridge barriers, closing her eyes and leaning backwards. Realising the woman was going to jump, the officers sprinted forward and grabbed her just as she let go.

PC Gill was pulled off his feet and forward by the momentum, leaving him hanging over the bridge holding onto the woman. Both officers then managed to wrestle the woman back over the barriers to safety, despite her continuing to kick, scream and fight.

The woman was taken to a south London hospital.

Chief Inspector Ian Broadbridge, from Bexley Police, said: “The actions of PCs Gill and McAllen saved this woman’s life and are an excellent example of bravery and professionalism”.

Presenting the commendation, Mr Boothe said: “Their courage, bravery, commitment and dedication is an indication of why Bexley remains one of the safest boroughs in the country”.

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