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A LEICESTER landscape horticulturist has thanked two police constables who saved his life after he lay down on the road and was run over by a licensed hackney carriage.

Peter Pope (above, centre) suffered serious injuries in the incident in Scalford Road, Melton and offered his gratitude and appreciation to PC Anthony Brewin and Special Constable Kimberly Pulley, who were the first on the scene.

Mr Pope presented the two officers with a special plaque at Melton Police Station and said:

I am so grateful to the officers that responded and looked after me, they really are life savers. Without their assistance that night, I might not be here today. I would also like to thank the staff at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham who also did a remarkable job in looking after me.

PC Brewin, who is based at the Keyham Lane Police Station in Hamilton, said: “This is a lovely gesture from Mr Pope. It is great to see him looking so well and getting on with his life.”

PC Brewin was the first officer on the scene of the incident in the early hours of the morning and added: “I arrived to see Mr Pope under a taxi. I dragged him out and he was not breathing. His airways seemed blocked so I used a water bottle to squirt water up his nose. That cleared an airway and he started to breathe.”

Special Constable Pulley described how she arrived to see her colleague giving assistance to Mr Pope:

I helped PC Brewin give First Aid and tried to stem the flow of blood. We were talking to him, trying to keep him with us until the ambulance arrived.

Mr Pope is a nice man and it was good to meet him properly and to say hello to his parents and siblings too. For him to present us with a plaque each like this shows just how thoughtful he is.

Taxi driver Alan Gibbon, from Melton, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at a recent hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court and was fined £169.

He was ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £30 victim charge. Mr Gibbon also had six points added to his driving licence.

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