PC THOMAS GREEN and PC TIMOTHY MIDDLETON (Avon & Somerset Constabulary)
On the evening of 23 October 2016 PC Tom GREEN and PC Tim MIDDLETON were dispatched to the top of a 300ft cliff where a large man, in a very distressed state, had climbed over the safety railings and was threatening to jump. Tom and Tim climbed over the safety railing to try to help. Both officers were now with the man on the unsafe side of the railings, very close to the edge of the cliff. It was dark, the ground was slippery, and the 18 stone man was still threatening to jump. The gap between the barrier and the cliff edge was a mere 3 meters at the widest point. The officers positioned themselves between the man and the cliff edge, a brave thing to do. The man suddenly made a dash for the edge but Tom and Tim managed to block his run and stopped him about a metre from the cliff. After a struggle they hauled the man back to the railings and, with difficulty, pinned him there for about 5 minutes until police reinforcements arrived.
For their courage that night PC GREEN and PC MIDDLETON were awarded Royal Humane Society Bronze Medals. In May 2018 they were jointly awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Police Medal.