January 21st, 2009

It’s only a flesh wound

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I’ve always said that we are our own worst enemy when it comes to the press & good news about the job.

For many years we treated the press with suspicion, often with damn good cause, to be fair. We always feared the worst when it came to press reporting of incidents we were involved in and refused to discuss matters, so the press made it up (some of the time).

Mind you, even when we did talk to the press they still make it up. I used to liaise with the press quite often in my old division. I lost count of the amount of times I’d read “PC Weeks said…..” and I’d said nothing of the kind, they’d made the complete quote up. Fortunately, it was never an important issue & often was just some kind of crime prevention message which the editor thought the readers ought to hear.

There was some news of a good job today in the press. I heard it on the radio. PC John Nash chased & captured a suspect in Rochdale.

Unfortunately, as he did so he slipped on some wet grass & slid into a bush. A branch of the bush pierced his eye & went so far into the socket it was touching his brain. Go and have a look at the X-ray on the Telegraph’s website, if you’re not of a nervous disposition, to see how lucky the officer was to actually survive.

Apparently he didn’t realise the seriousness of the slip until his suspect looked at him & told him he needed to go to hospital.

The officer was fresh out of training in his first week on the streets. They must breed them tough up in Rochdale. Professional footballers would do well to take an example out of PC Nash’s books, they don’t know what being injured at work is.

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  1. Sgt Custerd says:

    They are tough in Rochdale. Not a million miles from Grim-on-th’t-Moor – but John Nash’s toughness is balanced out by the 2-3 every month who lodge civil claims against our Public Order Training School – wooden bricks have left physical scars and psychological trauma…

    January 22nd, 2009 at 10:30

  2. MetAnon says:

    lets hope he makes a full and speedy recovery eh.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 10:48

  3. Fee says:

    Saw that as I was eating my lunch – good job I have a strong stomach. Hope he gets some kind of award!

    January 22nd, 2009 at 14:25

  4. Tony F says:

    It was a bit horrible to say the least. Hope he makes a speedy recovery too.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 21:36

  5. eric roberts says:

    Talking about the press. I remember one anti local rag with headlines, ‘Police Officer arrested for rape.’ Everyone grabbed a copy to find the criminal was a reservist in the Jamaican Police about 20 yrs before, you could,nt make it up.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 21:41

  6. eric roberts says:

    John Nash has made a full recovery, I now hear he has applied for Special Branch.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 21:42

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