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    Police officer kept chasing a suspect for his first arrest - despite getting a six-inch branch stuck in his eye.

    A police officer kept chasing a suspect for his first arrest - despite getting a six-inch branch stuck in his eye.
    Pc John Nash slipped on mud and slid head first into a bush while pursuing the man in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, just six days into the job.
    He only realised he was injured when he arrested the suspect, who told him he had "better get to hospital".
    Pc Nash, 25, underwent three hours of surgery, which saved his eye, and says he now just wants to return to work.
    The officer was in an unmarked police vehicle following a car being driven erratically on an estate when it was abandoned in Walton Close.
    Two men ran off and Pc Nash gave chase, in conditions described as "driving rain", and cornered one in a dead end.

    Insp Ian Hanson, of the Police Federation, said: "John fell in some mud and initially thought he banged his head on his baton, which he had drawn.
    "When he detained the man he thought was the offender shortly afterwards, it was actually the man who said: 'you'd better get to hospital mate'."
    Mr Hanson, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said the stick penetrated Pc Nash's eye, shattered his eye socket and stopped just underneath his brain.
    "He was incredibly lucky not to lose his eye, or indeed his life," he added.
    Pc Nash was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital, where he underwent three hours of surgery. Doctors had expected him to lose his sight, Mr Hanson said.

    "Ultimately, it's through the skill of the surgeons that he is in the lucky position that he has kept his eye and not suffered any brain damage," he added.
    "It shows the dangers that police officers face every day, but we in GMP are very proud of John. He is very much the reluctant hero and all he wants to do is get back to work.
    "John is more bothered about the impact it had on his colleagues at the scene. It must have been quite frightening for them to see their colleague come back with this thing sticking out of his eye."
    PC Nash has got his peripheral vision back and a "significant" amount of his sight has returned.
    The suspect was arrested but later released without charge.

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    We had a similar thing happen to one of our K9 officers a few years ago. His dog was tracking a suspect through a heavily forested ravien when the officer lost his footing on steep ground. He fell, and the branch of a tree entered his eye socket. His K9, sensing something was wrong with dad, came back to him, and then pulled him back up the slope to waiting cover officers. He was taken to the hospital via ambulance Code Three, where he underwent surgery. Amazingly, he did not suffer any significant damage to his eye or the surrounding muscles, and he made a full recovery.

    I'm very happy to hear PC Nash was not permanently injured as a result of his brush with a shrub.

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    "released without charge" How pissed would you be to be him THEN!!
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    Glad the officer is OK.

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    It's just amazing that the officer kept going on like that, not even realizing he was hurt. But yeah I'd be very pissed at the guy not being charged. I don't get how running from the police is not a crime there????????
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    Pc Nash , I admire your tenacity. I'm glad your doing well.
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    Nothing like a little adrenaline rush to make injuries and pain non-existent. What a trooper!

    Sandra: gotta love those dogs! Hope he got a good dinner for taking such good care of his dad.
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    Good sow, old bean! BTW where are all our Brit members hiding these days. Hope they haven't dropped of the board. I just love their European slant on things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayern View Post
    Good sow, old bean! BTW where are all our Brit members hiding these days. Hope they haven't dropped of the board. I just love their European slant on things.

    Perhaps a good ol' American taunting will bring them out of hiding!

    Maybe something like King George III is an American hero!
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    Still here Bayern old bean!

    Here is alink to the story with pictures, for the photo you'll have to scroll down where indicated.

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Roo...ye_In_Rochdale
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    Still here Bayern old bean!

    Here is alink to the story with pictures, for the photo you'll have to scroll down where indicated.

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Roo...ye_In_Rochdale
    Ouch!

    Amazing that he not only survived but avoided brain damage and losing sight in that eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolven View Post
    Nothing like a little adrenaline rush to make injuries and pain non-existent. What a trooper!

    Agree, Glad he will be ok!

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    Glad to hear from one of the Brits. With his input, maybe we can begin to understand the Obama regime; like the socialist agenda and such. No offense Motorwaycop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayern View Post
    Glad to hear from one of the Brits. With his input, maybe we can begin to understand the Obama regime; like the socialist agenda and such. No offense Motorwaycop.
    No offence taken.

    The socialist agenda is in truth no different to the republican/conservative agenda. We've had a socialist govt for the last 10 years and it's really been no different.
    All parties seem to be about self interest and seeing their friends right.

    A domestic dispute will still be the same, someone getting beaten, drunk, crashing their car etc will still be the same for us.

    There has been massive change in various ways in my 27 yr service and I still police in the same way as when I first started.
    If you are an honest hard working cop life will go on the same.

    And we will all still moan like bloddy hell about everything and say how it used to be better!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    No offence taken.

    The socialist agenda is in truth no different to the republican/conservative agenda. We've had a socialist govt for the last 10 years and it's really been no different.
    All parties seem to be about self interest and seeing their friends right.

    A domestic dispute will still be the same, someone getting beaten, drunk, crashing their car etc will still be the same for us.

    There has been massive change in various ways in my 27 yr service and I still police in the same way as when I first started.
    If you are an honest hard working cop life will go on the same.

    And we will all still moan like bloddy hell about everything and say how it used to be better!!!!
    I agree Motorway, however, and here's my moan ............I believe many of the changes are definitely not for the better. Government targets interfere with justice, and many offenders get away with their crimes because some CPS lawyers will only prosecute if they can get a definite conviction; in keeping with their own targets, and to the detriment of ours. Maybe that's just in my Force tho!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lo523 View Post
    I agree Motorway, however, and here's my moan ............I believe many of the changes are definitely not for the better. Government targets interfere with justice, and many offenders get away with their crimes because some CPS lawyers will only prosecute if they can get a definite conviction; in keeping with their own targets, and to the detriment of ours. Maybe that's just in my Force tho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lo523 View Post
    Government targets interfere with justice, and many offenders get away with their crimes because some CPS lawyers will only prosecute if they can get a definite conviction; in keeping with their own targets, and to the detriment of ours. Maybe that's just in my Force tho!
    It's not just in your Force Lo , hell its not even just in your country. DA offices on this side of the pond do the same damn thing all the time.
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