Bravery Awards For Region's Police

18 October 2012, 13:53

Some of our police officers in Suffolk and Norfolk have been given special bravery awards.

Some police officers from our region are being given special awards for their bravery at a special ceremony in London.

Among the 53 nominated from across the country are two officers from Norfolk:

Sergeant Ashley Waterhouse and Pc Adamjames Hovells from Norfolk police followed a suicidal man into the freezing sea during the night in Great Yarmouth.

They tried to stop him as he walked on a cliff top in the wind and snow, but he scrambled down the cliff and ran towards the sea. Even though it was -8C, Sgt Waterhouse followed him into the sea.

The man struggled with him so Pc Hovells also got into the water to help.

They managed to get him to shore and stop him from breaking free before help arrived.

The pair then changed their clothes and continued their night shift.

They said getting the award for a big honour:

Police Officers Honoured for Bravery 

From the Suffolk force:

PC Matthew Hammill was driving on a busy road when he stopped to deal with a burning car, even though he was off duty.

He saw a man trapped inside, and despite the smoke and flames managed to help him break free moments before the car exploded.

After an afternoon reception at Downing Street, there'll be a ceremony in the City of London to give the awards out tonight.

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