Salisbury Police Inspector saves woman from being hit by train

Ian Stephenson ( Wiltshire Police)

6:23am 7th December 2017
(Updated 9:48am 7th December 2017)

Police officers in Wiltshire have been given awards for the outstanding work they do to keep us safe and catch criminals.

At a ceremony on Tuesday (5th December), they were recognised for the incredible and life-changing things they do each and every day as 'part of the job'.

37 officers were presented with awards with some amazing stories noticed.

The top award of the night went to Inspector Ian Stevenson, now retired, who risked his own life to save woman from the path of a train.

The woman who was suicidal had left an address in Salisbury on the evening of 6th May 2017 and called police to say she was on a railway line waiting to end her life.

Inspector Stevenson found her on the tracks and went across the railway line to speak to her. When a train appeared he ran onto the track and grabbed hold of her, he had to wrestle with her, putting himself in great danger, to save her life.

Insp Stevenson (pictured below) then spent a considerable amount of time reassuring the lady who was clearly very distressed.

Ian Stephenson ( Wiltshire Police)

The citation read at the award ceremony ceremony said:

 "Insp Stevenson's professional and brave actions which saw him putting his own life in danger to save another represents the highest traditions of the Police service."

Among the other police officers to be recognised, Detective Jeremy Horner based at Salisbury Police station.

He lead the investigation to catch two thieves who stole more than £20,000 of items from vehicles parked at beauty spots across Wiltshire and Dorset between November 2016 and January 2017.

Two brothers, Edward and Lenny Wells were convicted at Salisbury Crown Court for conspiracy in relation to thefts from motor vehicles and both received a sentence of 44 months imprisonment.


Three officers who helped at a domestic violence incident in Amesbury were given the Award for Outstanding Teamwork.

Jonathan Fry, Chris Noke and Rebecca Lennane were called to a report of a domestic violence in January of this year where the suspect had grabbed hold of a woman and held her down by her throat. It was also reported that the suspect had taken an overdose.

They found the suspect on the sofa in a subdued state, 20 minutes later he became unresponsive so they gave him first aid, saving his life.

Force Awards 2017

Following the ceremony Chief Constable Mike Veale paid tribute to his officers:

"We are a service of people serving the public and it is right that we take a moment to support, thank and pay tribute to those who have been given these awards."

"Every day I receive bags of mail from the general public, full of praise for the dedication and meticulous, caring and courageous hard work my officers and staff do - they are truly inspirational.

"This is a timely reminder that I serve with some very talented, brave and outstanding professionals of whom I am, very proud - thank you for all your efforts in helping to keep Wiltshire safe."

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