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 Dedicated team commended following attempted murder investigation


A dedicated team of officers and staff have been commended following an investigation into an attempted murder.

PC Claire Bruce and PC Emma O’Connor were deployed to an address in Bowburn following the call from a distressed neighbour in March last year.

The offender smashed his way through the victim’s living room window entering the house before violently attacking the victim with a knife until it broke.

On arrival, PC Bruce and PC O’Connor immediately attended to the victim by providing early medical care while protecting evidence and identifying early lines of enquiry.

The officers also managed to relay the information to the control room, allowing the call handler to deploy the Road Policing Unit to locate and arrest the offender.

Following the swift arrest, Detective Sergeant Alan Meehan, from Durham City CID, then coordinated his team which consisted of PC Mark Lloyd, DC Darren Creswell, DC Alistair Rogowski and PC Leanne Howe. Evidence was quickly gathered by the detectives which proved the offender’s intent to kill, allowing a successful charge.

Following the charge and remand application successfully brought upon the offender by CID, the case was passed to the prosecution team and handled by Case Manager, Andy Howes. Andy ensured regular contact was made with the victim who was obviously traumatised by the event as well as managing post charge enquiries which allowed for a smooth journey through the criminal justice system.

The team received Chief Superintendent’s commendations at Headquarters last week.

Head of Response and Crime Command at Durham Constabulary, T/Chief Superintendent Victoria Fuller said: “I am incredibly proud of the team who have all worked so well together throughout the whole process to gain a successful outcome for the victim for whom they’ve shown real victim care.

“This was a harrowing incident and whilst saving the victim and bringing the offender to justice they have protected the public from future harm. This award is very well deserved and I hope they are as proud of themselves as I am of them.”

The offender has since been convicted and received an indefinite hospital order.