Vic­tim meets res­cued her

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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.”

ROWAN GRIF­FITHS

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

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