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Police Federation

Awards nominee: West Midlands

Hero cop makes arrest even after suspect tried to drown him

PCs Paul Newman and Holly Necchi stopped a VW Golf which had warning markers for possession of a firearm. Intelligence linked it to gangs and drug dealing. As officers searched the car the occupant ran for it and fled into a storm drain. PC Newman bravely pursued and grappled with the suspect in a confined space. The suspect attempted to gouge the officer’s eyes and held him under water for about 30 seconds. PC Newman, fearing he could die, hit the man with a torch, causing him to fall back onto the mud. PC Necchi heard her colleague’s shouts and followed. She helped PC Newman to restrain and detain the offender, who was later jailed for nine years for possessing an illegal firearm and wounding.


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