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Tragic Death of Special Constable Samantha Derbyshire

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It is with great sadness we report the death of a Greater Manchester Police Special Constable.

Tragically SC Samantha Derbyshire aged 23 was killed after being hit by a HGV on the M61.

SC Derbyshire was hit after she got out of her car to assess damage following a collision she as involved in.

Officers attended and found a woman – formally identified as 23-year-old Samantha Derbyshire – who was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed that Samantha was travelling in a Ford Fiesta when she was involved in a minor collision with the central reservation, rendering the car unmovable.

She got out of the car to check the damage, and was involved in a collision with an HGV

Paying tribute to her, Samantha’s family said: ”Sam was our fun loving, beautiful, amazing daughter, sister, granddaughter, and niece. She was also such a funny, clever and amazing friend but also a fantastic, enthusiastic Special Constable which she worked so hard to achieve. She was a very social person and enjoyed keeping fit. She had just completed the Great Manchester Run.

“Sam was a Special Constable for Greater Manchester Police. She was so proud of this and loved it. She had recently been informed that she had passed her entry tests and had been accepted to join GMP as a constable later this year. She was so looking forward to this; it is all she has ever wanted to do.

“We as a family are devastated by what has happened to Sam and couldn’t be any more proud of her. She was better than all of us and lived her life to the full every day. We will miss her greatly.”

Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “First and foremost, my heartfelt condolences are with Samantha’s family at this deeply distressing time and we are doing all we can to support them.

“Not only was Samantha a serving member of police staff but she dedicated her own time to helping others as a Special Constable in Bolton.

“She had also recently been successful in her application to become a police officer and this morning’s tragic incident means she will sadly not get the chance to fulfil her dream.

“To be taken from her family and friends at such a young age is terrible and a great loss to the force; she will be greatly missed.”

Chief Inspector Mike Walmsley of GMP’s Special Constabulary said: “All of Sam’s colleagues are devastated by the loss of such a happy, dedicated and positive member of the Bolton team and GMP Special Constabulary.

“Sam was passionate about working in the police and making a real difference in the communities she loved to serve.

“Sam was both highly respected and liked by all who were fortunate enough to work with her. She made her first arrest only hours into her first tour of duty and has impressed since. Sam will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her.”

Anybody with information should contact the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742.

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Hero Cops save girls life of girl who wanted to kill herself

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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.”

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Stabbed police dog Finn inspires charity Christmas card and Police Hour are proud to have helped

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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.

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Tram driver arrested: Several dead following croydon derailment.

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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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