Lancs - saved woman from attacker

Lancashire PC Ben Barnes

PC Ben Barnes

A Lancashire officer who saved a woman from a violent attacker has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

PC Ben Barnes went to an address in Skelmersdale on 27 June 2016 after a neighbour reported hearing a woman screaming and a man shouting "you are dead today". As he arrived he was told by residents to "hurry up, he's going to kill her".

PC Barnes knocked on the door which was answered by a clearly distressed woman with facial injuries who pointed upstairs and then ran off. Unfortunately the officer’s radio stopped working leaving him unable to call for backup. He was confronted by the offender at the top of the stairs and was elbowed several times in the face. His PAVA spray had little effect other than to enrage the crazed man further. Eventually PC Barnes was able to push him into a bedroom and deliver some distraction blows in order to cuff him.

Despite his injuries, PC Barnes made house-to-house enquiries to locate witnesses before seeking treatment. It transpired that the offender had raped and beaten his partner in a jealous rage and had stabbed her in the leg with a kitchen knife while making threats to kill her. He was jailed for 11 years in October 2016 and the judge in the case praised PC Barnes’ exceptional bravery.

Chair of Lancashire Police Federation, Rachel Hanley, said: "Police officers put their lives on the line every day, his colleagues and the public of Lancashire will quite rightly be proud of this officer."

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