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How police officers saved Great Barr man’s life after brutal attack



Two policemen have been awarded a commendation after they saved the life of a man who was attacked during a burglary at his home.

West Midlands Police received a call on Valentine’s Day from a man who reported his Great Barr home had been broken into.

When officers tried to contact him to confirm the visit he didn’t answer the phone.

PC John O’Connor and PC John Guttridge suspected something wasn’t right and decided to go round to the address right away.

When there was no reply at the door, they managed to climb over the fence and found a 62-year-old man unconscious on the floor.

The pair performed emergency aid and managed to speak to him about what happened before he was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

They captured the whole thing on their bodycams and spoke to several witnesses who provided vital information.

A statement from West Midlands Police said: “The evidence they secured was crucial to the case and led to an 18-year-old man pleading guilty to the attack.

“He was jailed for 10 years. Although the 62-year-old spent a prolonged period of time in the hospital, there is no doubt that the actions of our two officers helped to save his life.

“They have now been awarded a commendation for their actions.”





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