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Kent PC John Fordham

PC John Fordham

A Kent police officer who was injured while trying to prevent a suspect from driving off has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

On 26 July 2014, PC John Fordham carried out a routine stop in Larkfield - he identified himself as a police officer and during the conversation the driver deliberately started to drive out of the car park.

PC Fordham leaned through the driver’s window to try to remove the keys and as a result he became trapped and was dragged along at speed onto the main road. The offender made no attempt to stop. He drove into railings and then reversed back into a traffic light pole. PC Fordham suffered serious internal and external injuries and was then thrown from the vehicle and left on the road as the car sped off. The brave officer of eight years’ service spent a week in hospital and was unable to return to duty for another six months. He continues to receive significant medical treatment.

The offender pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for three years and three months and disqualified from driving for three years.

His Honour Judge Carey said of PC Fordham: “He, in my judgment, represents all that is good and worthwhile of those who serve as police officers in the course of duty.”

Chris Carter, Chair of Kent Police Federation said:  “What PC Fordham did was nothing short of remarkable. He literally risked his life to stop this offender and sadly still lives with the repercussions of that to this day. This dedication to duty is well deserving of a Police Bravery Award.”

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