Victim meets rescued her
his colleague, rugby player BeresfordSmith, dealt with Sweeney “robustly”.
Richard said: “I don’t know who was more shocked, me standing over this little vulnerable child I had no idea was going to be there, or her with me standing over her thinking, ‘what was she doing in the middle of a field in Wiltshire?’
“I saw something come out of the car before Sweeney lost control but had no idea it was a little girl.”
Both men refuse to be considered heroes and say they are just happy that Emma has grown up into such a wellbalanced young woman.
Marcus said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with Emma and see how she has blossomed into a fantastic young lady.
“It was a bit of a shock to start off with as we did not know Emma was in the car but it was a case of right time, right place as far as we are concerned.
“I was just a police officer doing his job at the time, we are not heroes.
“I think she needs to live her own life now and make the most of everything she does, she just needs to live life to the full now.”
Sweeney was jailed for life for his horrendous crime in 2006, with a 12-year tariff.
But Emma, who is nervously awaiting the result of a recent parole bid by Sweeney, now 38, has never forgotten the men who saved her that night and said that she feels safer having met them.
Emma said: “It felt so good to see them, it was my dream to meet them and just say thank you.
“I wish there was more people like them, they were so humble, but if it was not for them I would be dead.
“When I set eyes on them I was like a child on Christmas Day.”
Her overjoyed mum added: “Meeting them was better than winning the lottery and a long time coming, it was the most precious moment in my life meeting the two guys that saved my daughter’s life because if it was not for them I would not have her now.
“I am the happiest mum in the world right now.”
Paedophile Craig Sweeney’s victim meeting Marcus Beresford-Smith, right, and Richard Moorhouse, the police officers who rescued her and arrested Sweeney in 2006, when she was three years old