Honour for police heroes who tried to save murder victim

Essex County Standard: Congratulations – Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, centre, with PC Matt Harkness, left, and Captain Tim Gerrard Congratulations – Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, centre, with PC Matt Harkness, left, and Captain Tim Gerrard

POLICE who tried to save musician Thomas Brittain after he was stabbed were commended by the Chief Constable for their bravery.

Essex Police’s PC Matt Harkness and Captain Tim Gerrard, of the Royal Military Police, were first on the scene after Thomas, 26, was attacked in a flat in Parkside Quarter, Colchester, in March last year.

The officers had been on patrol in Head Street when they got the call, and ran to the scene.

They had no idea whether the armed attackers were still inside, but broke into the building and entered the flat.

Mr Gerrard, who has since left the military police, said: “It was like something out of a horror film.

"The walls were covered in blood.

"When there are two of you, you have to watch your partner’s back. It is so important to go in with an understanding of your partner and to work as one.”

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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10:20am Mon 5 May 14

Mr Honest says...

Isn't that what they are paid to do?
Isn't that what they are paid to do? Mr Honest
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3:38pm Mon 5 May 14

born2know says...

Mr Honest wrote:
Isn't that what they are paid to do?
They might get paid to do the job but the risk the police or any of the emergency services come across every day,they don't get paid enough. This is also the case for nhs staff, armed forces and prison officers
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: Isn't that what they are paid to do?[/p][/quote]They might get paid to do the job but the risk the police or any of the emergency services come across every day,they don't get paid enough. This is also the case for nhs staff, armed forces and prison officers born2know
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7:10pm Thu 15 May 14

nothingbutthetruth666 says...

Like the way the give them selves awards, maybe if they told the truth and didn't loose important paper work relating to the murder I would understand. Maybe the award should GOTO the paramedic they sent looking round the building for the murders rather than work on my dying brother. Stick your award where it hurts. Useless liars!!!!
Like the way the give them selves awards, maybe if they told the truth and didn't loose important paper work relating to the murder I would understand. Maybe the award should GOTO the paramedic they sent looking round the building for the murders rather than work on my dying brother. Stick your award where it hurts. Useless liars!!!! nothingbutthetruth666
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