Pause to praise po­lice brav­ery

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

Our po­lice take a lot of stick be­cause that is the na­ture of their job, but spare a thought for of­fi­cers who moved up­wards through an Aberdeen block of flats on the night three peo­ple died in grue­some cir­cum­stances. The scene of car­nage and ter­ror which greeted them in­side one flat will stay in their minds for­ever – two peo­ple lay dead or dy­ing from sav­age stab wounds while their blood-stained killer tried to hide from them on a bal­cony. Their train­ing kicked in and CPR be­gan, but as some of the of­fi­cers tried to talk the killer back in­side from the 12th storey bal­cony, he leapt to his death. An in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into po­lice ac­tions dur­ing those ter­ri­ble few min­utes has praised them for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour through­out. Their own brav­ery when faced with such ex­treme dan­ger and slaugh­ter 12 storeys off the ground must not pass with­out com­ment ei­ther. It is vi­tal that our po­lice are held to ac­count, but we must never for­get that when we run from dan­ger, they run to­wards it.

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