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Medal for rape victim’s rescuers

The Argus: The courageous couple receive their awards The courageous couple receive their awards

A courageous couple have been recognised for rescuing a rape victim during a horrific attack.

Lisa Barnard and Damien Hawkins stepped in when they came across a woman being attacked in Badger's Way, East Grinstead.

She had been forced to the ground and raped as the attacker held a broken bottle to her throat.

They have now been awarded the silver medal in the Police Public Bravery Awards 2014 at a ceremony at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate.

At the ceremony 38 members of the public, aged ten to 76, were recognised for acts of outstanding bravery in assisting the police.

Mr Hawkins stood between the victim and the attacker while Ms Barnard stood as a human shield, wrapping her arms around the female.

They refused to leave, remaining with the victim trying to diffuse the situation.

The offender, at one point, held the broken bottle up to Mr Hawkins’ throat.

The victim then managed to escape and ran away into a nearby housing estate.

Mid-Sussex District police commander, Chief Inspector Simon Beardwell, said: "Lisa and Damien acted with great presence of mind and their prompt action saved the victim from further attack."

Tyrone Carr, 27, of High Street, East Grinstead, was sentenced to 15 years for the June 1, 2013, attack.

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12:18pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

Brave and selfless people. Well done to them.

Shame that they weren't nearby earlier, but at least sick scum Tyrone Carr will spend many years in prison. Hoping he finds his time there uncomfortable and unnerving due to the nature of his cowardly and perverted offence.
Brave and selfless people. Well done to them. Shame that they weren't nearby earlier, but at least sick scum Tyrone Carr will spend many years in prison. Hoping he finds his time there uncomfortable and unnerving due to the nature of his cowardly and perverted offence. Withdean-er
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