West Row lifesaver wins bravery award

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A young man who risked his own life to save another was among people to be recognised at an awards ceremony last night.

Thomas Fleet was just 18 years old when he stopped a woman jumping off a bridge in Red Lodge on January 3, 2013.

He and his girlfriend, Peggy-May Mutton, had driven past the bridge and were on a slip road headed towards the A11 when he noticed the woman climbing over the railings.

“We were half way down the slip road when she started climbing over. I slammed my brakes on, stuck the car in reverse and got there as quickly as I could,” said Thomas.

He tried talking to her calmly but she did not respond.

She was standing, head down, on a six inch ledge and, as she moved forward, he grabbed hold of her with both arms.

“She was trying to struggle out of my hold and I thought if she shuffles her feet forward or I lose my grip we’re both going,” he said.

Peggy-May was able to call police who responded quickly and helped get the woman to safety.

Thomas said: “When I look back I think, God, I really did put my neck on the line, but, at the time, you just do it and don’t think about yourself. Afterwards, I was quite shaken up though.”

The 20-year-old, of West Row, was presented with a Royal Humane Society Award for an act of bravery in the saving of human life at an awards ceremony at Suffolk Police headquarters in Martlesham Heath last night.

Special Constable Gary Lee, who is based in Mildenhall, collected the Godfrey Cup for his exceptional performance in dealing with a call over the radio.

He followed a drink-driver who had made off from a police officer, then pursued him on foot and successfully detained him. The man was later found guilty of a number of offences.

PCSO Anne-Marie Powell, of Brandon Safer Neighbourhood Team, and PCSO Siobhan Hemmett, of the West Suffolk Operational Partnership Team, were both recognised for their good work in the community, while Special Constable George Harvey, based in Bury St Edmunds, was recognised for having completed more than 240 hours of volunteer service since August 2014.