Sudbury: Hero Pcs saved man’s life in rail crossing horror

Pc Gavin Goldfinch

Pc Gavin Goldfinch - Credit: Contributed

Three police officers have received commendations for helping to save a man’s life after his right arm was severed by a train in Sudbury.

 Pc Patricia Gibson

Pc Patricia Gibson - Credit: Contributed

Suffolk Constabulary Pcs Gavin Goldfinch, Melvin Hayward and Patricia Gibson, were the first emergency workers on the scene at Ladybridge railway crossing.

Pc Melvin Hayward

Pc Melvin Hayward - Credit: Contributed

Working virtually in the dark the trio had to treat the 45-year-old casualty while he was trapped under the train, until paramedics arrived.

Pc Hayward gave the man first aid, before Pc Goldfinch – a trained medic – applied a tourniquet to the casualty’s arm.

Pc Goldfinch’s speed of thought and professionalism are said to have played a large part in the man’s survival.


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While the two officers were treating, him Pc Gibson, who was a police community support officer at the time, kept the casualty talking to ensure he remained conscious. The officers were only able to see what they were doing by using artificial lighting.

They continued to help the man until paramedics arrived.

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The casualty, said to be a local man, was eventually taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Inspector Paul Crick, Local Policing Commander for Babergh, said: “I am extremely proud of the three officers involved who have received commendations from British Transport Police for their actions on the night.

“I understand that this was a particularly traumatic incident – one where it would have been necessary for the officers to act quickly and calmly before further help arrived.”

The BTP citation reads: “These officers displayed dedication, professionalism and courage to assist a severely injured member of the public who was still partially under the now stationary train. Their actions are in the finest traditions of the police service.”

The award was presented to the officers at a ceremony in London.

The near-tragedy occurred in Cornard Road approximately 100 yards from Sudbury railway station at around 9.45pm on May 6 last year.

The train involved was the 9.15pm service travelling from Marks Tey to Sudbury.

At the time a British Transport Police spokesman said the cause of the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

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