PC Roger Brown Derbyshire Constabulary, PC Stuart Dickerson Hampshire Constabulary, Chief Brigadier Patrice Martin Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité (CRS). Chief Superintendent Steve Neil, Northumbria Police was commander of a delegation of English police assisting French officers with crime prevention during the European Football Championships. PCs Roger Brown and Stuart Dickerson were part of his team. They were in the area of the Cours Honore d’Estienne d’Orves in Marseille on 11th June 2016 when an organized gang of Russian men, estimated at 200 strong, carried out an unprovoked attack on England supporters.
The “assault was of utmost ferocity and brutality and is certainly unprecedented in any England match” to date. There were dozens of injured people, many seriously. Both officers had been attacked and had their video cameras smashed. Patrice Martin, a French officer, saw a man who he considered had life threatening injuries and checked him for vital signs of which there were none. Despite the violence taking place around him, Patrice began CPR on the man asking fellow officers to provide protection.
The two British officers, who had already been attacked, had been ordered to the square. They took over the care of the man from Patrice and assisted paramedics. Stuart organized a protective cordon. Roger assisted paramedics, inserting a tube into the man’s throat and monitoring the man’s pulse. Stuart “played a vital role in protecting” the man and those who were treating him. Both officers remained with the man until he was transported from the scene by ambulance and during this period they also administered first aid to numerous other casualties. 29 England supporters were admitted to hospital, four of whom were assessed by doctors as unlikely to survive. They all did.
PCs Roger Brown and Stuart Dickerson and Chief Brigadier Patrice Martin were all awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Parchment and Resusitation Certificate. All have been presented locally. Stuart Dickerson received his from HM Lord Lieutenant for Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson at Hampshire Constabulary on 21st December 2016.