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Medal for rape victim’s rescuers
Updated 12:01pm Friday 27th June 2014 in News
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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