Police Federation

Awards nominee: Northamptonshire

PC Victoria Ballantyne and PC Karen Canwell

PC Victoria Ballantyne and PC Karen Canwell

Cops ignore own injuries to help others in suspected acid attack

PC Ballantyne and Canwell were outside McDonalds when they were made aware of two groups of men squaring up to each other inside the restaurant. PC Canwell put herself between the two groups and tried to move one of them outside. The group were very aggressive and verbally abused PC Canwell.

A heated disagreement ensued which led to one gang leaving the scene. When they came back the officers could see that several of the members had armed themselves with bottles, which were then sprayed with no thought for the nearby members of the public or the officers.

Both PCs were severely affected by the substance that was sprayed, which was initially thought to be acid but was later identified as ammonia. Their body worn video footage shows panic from members of the public who had also been affected. The officers ignored their own injuries and immediately helped others.

Despite PC Ballantyne’s discomfort she chased after the culprits but had to stop because of her physical state. She returned to the scene and found water to tend to a person who had been seriously affected by the attack and gave first aid, reassured the victim and minimised the long-term effects of her injuries.

Both officers courageously put the welfare of the public before their own and both needed hospital treatment once they had finished up their duties at the scene.

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