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Police Federation

Awards nominee: Bedfordshire

Officers save fleeing criminals from burning car

PCs Mark Atkins and Richard Carton were alerted to reports of thefts from vehicles when they saw the suspects’ vehicle passing them. Using local knowledge, they tracked down the car and found it crashed into a front garden and on fire. The occupants appeared to be trapped. The officers got into the vehicle and rescued all three occupants, administering first aid while they waited for ambulance and fire services. The driver and the passengers suffered injuries ranging from broken legs and a fractured skull.

Bedfordshire Police Federation Chair Steve Bozward said the officers had saved lives that night, adding: “They did what had to be done without any thought for their safety.”

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