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Police offices awarded for saving Sittingbourne girl's life after she was stabbed nearly 100 times


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Three police officers credited with saving the life of a disabled girl who was stabbed nearly 100 times are set to receive a major national honour.

The 16-year-old victim was lured to a secluded park known as The Orchards in Sittingbourne, where she was savagely attacked and left for dead last July.

Police searched the undergrowth for clues in the brutal stabbing of a disabled teenage girl in Sittingbourne. Picture: John Nurden
Police searched the undergrowth for clues in the brutal stabbing of a disabled teenage girl in Sittingbourne. Picture: John Nurden

PS Barry Carr and PCs Daniel Reading and Rebecca Slevlin, of Sittingbourne police, were the first on the scene after the teenager was found by a dog walker.

She was still alive and concious, nearly seven hours after the incident, but bleeding heavily after every organ in her body, with the exception of her brain and heart, was punctured.

The officers used a trauma pack on her, applying a chest valve and giving her blood clotting agents to try to stem the bleeding.

PC Slevin then held the girl’s hand and talked to her to provide assurance and to try and keep her conscious.

A pathologist later said that if the victim had not been discovered and treated when she was she would have died.

Police carrying out a search in Sittingbourne after a teenage girl was stabbed. Picture: John Nurden
Police carrying out a search in Sittingbourne after a teenage girl was stabbed. Picture: John Nurden

Now the three officers have been awarded Royal Humane Society Certificates of Commendation for saving her life and the way they handled the horrific incident.

Secretary of the society, Andrew Chapman, praised the three heroes, adding: “The girl was at death’s door and without their help there is no doubt she would have died.

“Thankfully they had a trauma kit in their vehicle with the right equipment, knew how to use it, and by applying it they saved her life. This was a horrific incident but the three officers coped magnificently and richly deserve the awards they are to receive.”

PC Reading and Slevlin have since left the force.

In March, a 17-year-old boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after admitting attempted murder.

Royal Humane Society secretary Andrew Chapman
Royal Humane Society secretary Andrew Chapman

He was originally handed a 10-year sentence for the frenzied attack, but this was later cut to seven-and-a-half years after a mistake from the judge in in calculating the minimum sentence.

The Royal Humane Society was founded in 1774 to try and promote techniques of resuscitation.

However, as it emerged people were prepared to put their own lives at risk to help others the award scheme was created.

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