Northumbria Police officers gave a helping hand to a very important person on Christmas Eve.
At around 3pm on Thursday, December 24, officers responded to a call from Santa Claus after his reindeer andsleigh broke down on the way to the children’s ward at the RVI hospitalon Christmas eve.
‘Operation Santa’ was immediately launched and saw officers deployed to the area in order to help get the VIP to the hospital on time.
Sergeant Michelle Jahangiri and PC Graeme Dodds attended and escorted Santa to the hospital, helping him get his big bag of presents and gifts delivered to all of the boys and girls onthe childrens’ ward.
The broken down sleigh and reindeerwere fixed by officers from the force’s mounted section and thanks to officers’help Santa Claus was seen safely on his way ahead of his evening’s work.
‘Operation Santa’ went out live on Facebookand Twitter and it reached, and was seen by, almost 500,000 people witharound 10,000 people liking the story, hundreds of people commenting onit and taking part in the operation and messages of support and praisefor the force coming in from as far as America and Europe.
The gifts that Santa gave out were collectedby Sergeant Michelle Jahangiri and donated by officers and staff at Northumbria Police and the whole thing was put together with the help of staff at the RVI hospital.
Sergeant Michelle Jahangiri said:
“OperationSanta was a huge success and I’d like to thank all of the children, parentsand staff at the RVI for taking part and their help in making it happen
“The Look on the kids’ faces when we came in with Santa Claus was pricelessand we had such an amazing time delivering presents, speaking with allthe children and parents.
“The ‘operation’ couldn’t havegone any better and I really hope that we managed to make Christmas thatlittle bit more enjoyable for all of the children who were having to spend Christmas in hospital.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues who donatedthe gifts and presents, the children were over the moon with them and thatwas down to their kindness.”
Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “I’mvery proud of the work that officers do in community and often hear aboutstaff supporting charities and holding events for good causes. It’s reallygreat that we were able to assist with Operation Santa and help spreada little Christmas cheer.”
Hero Cops save girls life of girl who wanted to kill herself
Two fast-thinking police officers have helped saved the life of a girl who text her mate saying she wanted to end her life. Officers were quickly alerted and began searching for the girl.
The officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of November 14, when Police Constables Daryl Jones and Mark Bullock, from Southend’s Local Policing Team, were patrolling Southend.
With the clock against them, the officers began searching the area and found a girl who matched the description. She had walked four miles from her home alone after sneaking out in the middle of the night and was on her way to Southend town centre to harm herself. The pair pulled over and approached the girl cautiously.
Upon seeing the officers, the girl broke down and became upset. Daryl and Mark reassured her that they were there to help her. After calmly engaging with the girl, the officers managed to negotiate with her to get in the police car so they could get her out of the cold and talk to her.
She spoke openly with Daryl and Mark about the difficulties she had been experiencing and how she had text her friend in the hope that the friend would get help for her.
She thanked the officers for finding her so quickly and the pair reassured her that they would get her the further help she needed.
Daryl waited with her whilst Mark made a difficult call to her parents to inform them of the situation and that their daughter had not come to any harm. Her dad thanked the officers for finding his daughter so quickly and ensuring her safety.
The girl was taken to a mental health suite for assessment and her parents thanked the officers again for finding their daughter so quickly and getting her the help she needed.
Daryl said: “I’ve never seen more of a genuine reaction for help from someone than when the young girl broke down when she saw myself and Mark and knew we were there to help her.”
Mark said: “We were just fortunate that we were in the right place at the right time and were able to locate her and help her, I have no doubt if we hadn’t of found her it would have been a different outcome.”
Stabbed police dog Finn inspires charity Christmas card and Police Hour are proud to have helped
A Police Dog who was stabbed while chasing a suspected thief has come together with Police Hour to inspire a Charity Christmas Card.
Not just any Christmas Card these cards have been specially designed and drawn by a very brave nine-year-old boy with cancer named Alex Goodwin.
German Shepherd Finn was stabbed on 5th October in Stevenage, His Handler PC Dave Wardell was also injured.
Alex was as devastated when he read that Finn and PC Wardell has been attacked. Alex began drawing pictures of Finn so the idea of a Christmas card was created and they sold out within one day.
Police officer’s son Alex is undergoing chemotherapy for Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affects fewer than 30 children in the UK each year. He faces further “complex” surgery at Christmas.
There is now a change the law regarding attacks on police dogs and horses. Please make sure your sign it.
Tram driver arrested: Several dead following croydon derailment.
Several people have sadly been killed after a tram derailed in Croydon, leaving five people trapped and more than fifty people injured.
Police were alerted to the incident involing a two-car vehicle that happened at around 6.10am near the Sandilands tram stop.
The British Transport Police confirmed they have arrested the tram driver, Robin Smith assistant chief constable of British Transport Police said: “It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”
Emergency services have freed five trapped people, two remain trapped within the tram.
50 people have been taken to hospital for treatment. 31 were taken to Croydon health service’s emergency department while St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, is treating another 20 people, four of who it described as “seriously injured”.
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