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Life-saving policeman commended for bravery after Sandown Park brawl
A police officer who saved the life of a man severely injured in a mass brawl at Sandown Park Racecourse has been commended for his actions.
PC Neil Bourn stepped in after a fight broke out at the Esher racecourse at about 6.10pm on Saturday, March 9.
A member of security staff at the racecourse was subjected to racially aggravated abuse by a race goer when the victim, a 46-year-old man, intervened to help the staff member.
The victim was then attacked by the race goer and his friends, causing a life threatening slash to his face.
PC Bourn, who was among neighbourhood officers who had just started their shift, gave first aid to the victim by applying pressure to the wound to stem the bleeding until ambulance crews arrived.
Despite being surrounded by a volatile crowd of people, many of whom were drunk, PC Bourn stayed calm and continued to help the man until he was attended to by paramedics.
David Hollingsworth, Elmbridge Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “Neil is a very professional officer who was working in very difficult conditions.
“He was very brave and had to work very hard to give the man the opportunity to recover. It was his professionalism that kept him on line.”
PC Bourn was handed a commendation certificate at a command commendation ceremony on October 17 to recognise his actions.
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