Life saving actions and excellent service from Rugby police officers rewarded at Chief Constable’s Awards ceremony

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POLICE officers have been commended for their actions which help saved the lives of people in Rugby.

They were amongst nearly 30 Warwickshire Police officers, staff and volunteers who received Chief Constable’s commendations at a ceremony in Kenilworth on Wednesday evening.

On January 14 this year PC Carl Beaumont and PC Lee Bridges were on their way to an incident at a night club in Rugby when they found a man who was bleeding profusely from his right arm. His condition was deteriorating rapidly.

Being first aid trained the officers identified the wound as a knife injury and applied a tourniquet to prevent further blood loss. A surgeon later advised that the brachial artery had been severed and the victim would have bled to death in minutes without the swift response from officers.

On the same day PC Jamie Blood was dealing with a collision on the M6 and whilst he was dealing with the incident on the hard shoulder one driver stumbled into the carriageway and collapsed in lane two.

PC Blood went into the carriageway at great risk to himself and dragged the driver, who had suffered a shock induced panic attack, to safety.

A major investigation into the activities of an organised crime group in Rugby resulted in seven people being sentenced to a total of seven years in prison.

During the five month investigation a drug dealing “factory” was discovered.

Members of the investigation team, led by DS Henry Scutt, all received commendations. The rest of the team included DC Richard Zarcone, DC Mick Watkins, PSI Terry Underhill, PSI Gerry Harris, PC Luke England, PC Jamie Russell, PC Graeme Hurry, PC Gavin Hampton and DC Gary Hammond.

In October 2010 Jason Bissell was brutally murdered at Lanny’s Lagoon, Stretton under Fosse and following an intensive investigation two people were charged and subsequently sentenced to 28 and 24 years in prison.

The prosecution of the two offenders relied upon the pulling together of strands of evidence including ground breaking forensic submissions.

Commended for their work on this investigation were DI Pete Hill, DI Richard Denny,DS Alan Townsend, DC Andrew Haighway, DC Pete Trahern, Kathryn Smith, Claire Lawrence and Amanda Harrison.