Police Federation



Two police sergeants who confronted an aggressive and large dog responsible for the fatal attack on a 10-year-old boy have received nominations for the National Police Bravery Awards 2023.

Isabelle Coulson and Ross Phillips were among the first to attend the scene of a dog attack at an address in Caerphilly in November 2021, where Jack Lis was sadly killed.

Thinking quickly, PS Coulson and PS Phillips acted with the utmost bravery and devised a plan to enter the property.

While PS Coulson distracted the dog, PS Phillips was able to enter the house and attend to Jack.

The dog however tried to escape from the property, but PS Phillips managed to keep the dog inside, protecting other members of the public who were outside.

PS Phillips managed to get Jack outside and away from the dog, but tragically found that Jack had died from his injuries.

Matthew Candy, Gwent Police Federation chair, said: “The brave actions undertaken by both officers show their complete selflessness and dedication to their roles as police officers.

“Both Isabelle and Ross acted professionally in such dreadful circumstances, and they did all they could to preserve life.

“They showed compassion and care for the victim but also did all that they could to protect the public and their colleagues on who attended this tragic incident.

“On behalf of our federation branch, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Jack's family and friends.” 

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hobrough said: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Jack, who sadly died as a result of this harrowing and shocking case which has left a huge impact on our communities.

“Both of these sergeants showed outstanding bravery.

“Their actions exemplify the character and professionalism of officers across the country who place themselves into dangerous or life-threatening situations.

“Isabelle and Ross are both a credit to policing and I would like to congratulate them, on behalf of Gwent Police, for their nomination.”

Two people, a man and a woman, from the Caerphilly area were later jailed for offences relating to the ownership of the dog that was responsible for the fatal attack.


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