Essex Police

Off-duty officer praised for saving 'beyond help' motorcyclist

An off-duty Essex Police officer has been praised for showing the "highest standards" after helping to save the life of a motorcyclist she found unresponsive in the road.

PC Liz Ferris discovered the rider as she drove along Maldon Road near Tiptree on 30 June.

PC Liz Ferris
Essex Police

The officer performed CPR for about 15 minutes until passing paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service were flagged down. They used a defibrillator to get the man breathing again, before he was taken to hospital.

PC Ferris, based at Stanway Roads Policing Unit, has been put forward for a commendation for her actions.

Adam Pipe, head of Essex Police’s Roads Policing, said ambulance staff told them that without her intervention the patient would have been "beyond help".

"Not only did Liz save a stranger’s life, she also demonstrated the professionalism and highest standards of a police officer," he said.

Police help horse give birth

Horse gives birth
Essex Police

Police in Essex had a surprise when they stumbled across what they thought was a horse in distress.

PCSOs were patrolling in Wickford and on closer inspection realised a mare was actually giving birth.

The mare gave birth to a healthy male foal who they named Boris.

The officers reported that "the owners were very happy with their new addition and also happy to give a bit of a background on the mare and horses in general!".

Horse gives birth
Essex Police
Horse gives birth
Essex Police

Wasting police time... in search of a lost bankcard

Essex Police's control room said it took more than 1,000 emergency calls on Bank Holiday Monday - a day when they were out and about making sure relaxed lockdown restrictions were still being adhered to.

They tweeted to say it "stops us from answering real emergencies quicker".

Examples included people asking for the time and for someone to collect a "bank card they forgot".

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'Emergency services here for you' says fire and police commissioner

"The emergency services are here for you and we are carrying on, business as usual, keeping our county safe."

This was the message from Roger Hirst, the police, fire and crime commissioner for Essex.

In his latest video post, he reminded everyone to "stay alert to stay safe" and to "keep social distancing".

"This situation has affected us all. Our day to day lives have changed and we have lost or know someone who has lost someone," he added.

"This has not been an easy time."

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Online safety advice from fire and police experts

Online safety advice aimed at children and young people is being offered by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service alongside the county's police force as education officers cannot visit schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

Education officer Neil Soanes said he would normally be discussing road safety and the equipment used in collisions as well as using a quiz to show when youngsters need to be extra vigilant.

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