Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Stabbed PCSO recovering...UPDATED


Good news that the PCSO from Derbyshire stabbed in the line of duty is showing signs of recovery following two operations last night.

While today's Sun carries the headline
Karate nut stabs PCSO in neck
the BBC now has an interview with the officer’s wife.

Father of four children, PCSO Gary Etchells, of Glossop (pictured right) who was stabbed in the throat, is still in intensive care, but is now breathing without assistance.

He had been helping a housing organisation serve an eviction notice in Manchester when a man came out of the house and lunged at him with a knife.

I’m a great fan of PCSOs. As a member of our parish council, I campaigned to get our own local PCSO - he now presents a monthly report at public meetings. And I've with other members of Lincolnshire Police Authority to get more PCSOs on the streets as part of our Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the county.

So far there are 7,000 PCSOs across the country, with many more to come. They're a great success.

I believe they are a much-valued addition to the police family and deliver the uniformed visibility needed on our streets.

I'm sure everyone wishes PCSO Gary a speedy and full recovery.

I also hope the courts deal with anyone convicted of wounding a PCSO in exactly the same way as they would if the victim were a fully-trained police officer.

UPDATE: BBC reports that a man has been charged with attempted murder of PCSO Gary Etchells.

3 comments:

Samantha said...

I wasn't really sure why a PCSO was being used in this manner. Surely they are supposed to be, as you say, making high-visibility patrols - being seen about the streets - not being involved with things like evictions. That should have been a proper police officer, shouldn't it?

Geoffrey G Brooking said...

Good to hear he is on the mend.

PCSO's do a superb job in the local community.

fairdealphil said...

samantha:

I don't suppose that evictions would have been considered operationally risky for a CPSO.

geoffrey:

Blackpool air must suit you. Second time we've agreed today!