Police Federation

Awards nominee: Greater Manchester

Married off-duty officers intervene in gang attack


Husband and wife, PCs Jack and Joanna Wilber, went to the aid of a woman outside their home who was being attacked by a gang of youths.

During the melee Jack was stabbed twice with what was either a screwdriver or a knife, receiving deep wounds and a broken rib. He managed to detain one of the youths despite his injuries, but the others attacked Joanna, who was pregnant.

Thanks to the officers’ actions, the woman was saved from serious harm and all suspects were arrested. Jack and Joanna received hospital treatment but thankfully were discharged a short time afterwards.

Greater Manchester Police Federation Chair Stu Berry said: “This incident really proves that GMP officers are never off duty. Jack and Joanna realised that this woman was clearly in trouble and in the best traditions of policing ran towards the danger to protect her.”


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