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Officer speaks out after broken leg

Police officers put themselves in the frontline of danger every day. It is part of the role and we accept that every job we go to comes with a certain degree of risk.

In April this year I found myself in such a dangerous situation. Myself and a colleague were responding to reports of concern for the welfare of an 18-year-old woman in Sandy.

While dealing with the incident, I and the other officer encountered a black Audi A5 just off Sunderland Road, which we approached as part of our enquiries. The Audi reversed away from us, crashing through a five bar metal gate.

There were dog walkers on the track who had to get out of the way, and then a few seconds later the Audi crashed into the metal fence. We stopped our police car and as I went to get out, the Audi was driven straight at us.

We attempted to take cover in our marked police vehicle before we were hit, but the collision resulted in me breaking my ankle.

Last week Jack Mitchell, 19, of Kingsmoor Road, Harlow, was sentenced to two years in prison, after previously pleading guilty to dangerous driving with intent to cause serious injury in relation to the incident on 24 April.

In my 14 years as an officer, and having dealt with numerous difficult and volatile individuals, I have never been so fearful for my own safety and that of my colleagues. I have suffered agonising physical pain but more substantially, emotional distress and anguish throughout my recovery.

The support I have been offered throughout this ordeal has been really good. I recently spent two weeks at Flint House, the police rehabilitation centre in Oxfordshire, having extensive physiotherapy on my injuries, and I have worked really hard to get back to the condition I am in today.

I would also like to thank Inspector Emma Nicol, the response sergeants and my team, who have all been amazing and really supportive.

I love my job, however, it’s been a really tough time and I’ve battled hard to get myself back to work to continue to serve Bedfordshire. Mitchell is clearly a dangerous individual who went to extreme efforts to evade officers and I’m glad he has finally been caught and will serve time in prison for his actions.

PC Hayley Robinson

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