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Police rescue unhappy teen

PUBLISHED: 15:15 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 July 2010

POLICE saved a troubled teenager from jumping off a ledge.

POLICE saved a troubled teenager from jumping off a ledge.

The 13-year-old girl left a note for her foster parents in Beckenham saying she was going to commit suicide, the Saturday before Christmas.

An hour later, police officers spotted her on CCTV on top of Sainsbury's multi storey car park in Beckenham. Minutes later two police officers crept up on her blind side and grabbed her. She struggled and attempted to climb up on a ledge. However, police managed to return the girl to the care of Social Services.

Inspector Keith Exton said: "I would like to pay tribute to Sergeants Simon Cook and Kevin Pittard, along with Kate Stewart from CCTV control, who have saved this girl's life through what can only be described as quite brilliant teamwork. The quick work of the CCTV operator in identifying the location of the female, coupled with the officers' instinctive reactions, has ensured that there was a positive outcome to this incident.

"These actions are typical of the spontaneous bravery of the men and women of the police service".


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