Transport PCs on track for humane award
TWO transport policemen who literally went out on a 120ft limb to save a suicidal man could be officially recognised for their efforts.
Plymouth-based Pcs Dave Glenister and Steve Campbell were called out to a rail viaduct near Ivybridge on February 15 after a train driver spotted a man lying across the opposite track.
The train came to a halt, but by the time the two bobbies arrived, the 50-year-old man had moved to the edge of the viaduct and was threatening to throw himself off.
The officers followed him out and spent 25 tense minutes talking to him before he agreed to come down.
Now both bobbies are to be nominated for a Royal Humane Society award.
Sgt John Willemsen, head of BT police in Plymouth, said: 'The officers were in such a precarious position up on the viaduct in order to talk to him.
'We don't get called to these things very often and it was lucky he was spotted before it was too late.'
The man was taken by transport officers to Charles Cross police station and later transferred to Glenbourne Psychiatric Unit for assessment.