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Barnet manager helps stranded fans

Edgar Davids in action for Barnet. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

The Barnet manager Edgar Davids gave a helping hand to a group of stranded fans on the M6 on Saturday. On the way back from their game at Accrington (in which Davids had been sent off), the team's bus passed a supporters' coach which had broken down.

A few minutes later, the team bus returned, picked the fans up and took them to a nearby service station where they could wait in the warm. Davids had told his players to get off the bus at the service station so it could go back to get the supporters.

The fans then got to meet and chat with the Barnet players before a replacement coach arrived to take the fans home.

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Police name victim in 'road rage' incident in Barnet

A woman who died following a "road rage" incident in Barnet in London earlier this month has been named as 33-year-old Christie McHugh.

A post-mortem at Finchley Mortuary on Wednesday gave cause of death as head injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 6:40pm on Monday 4 March on East Barnet Road.

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 020 8247 7821; or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Rescued driver 'conscious and stable' in hospital

The woman, who was pulled from her car after falling unconscious at the wheel and driving into a lake in Barnet yesterday, is said to be conscious and stable in hospital.

She was treated for hypothermia and minor cuts, after plunging into the water yesterday morning.

And the police officers who came to her rescue are both back on the beat.

PC Marc Cash said:

“When we arrived at the scene we could tell straight away that we did not have much time, the car was beginning to sink and the driver was un-responsive to our shouts.“When we jumped into the lake, the cold water just took your breath away and I felt it hard to make my next breath. We tried to stand, but we started to sink into the mud at the bottom of the lake and eventually the water came up to our chin, so we had to swim throughout the entire rescue”.

PC Ryan Perry said:

“Prior to jumping into the lake we looked around for any rescue equipment but there was none. We realised this was a serious situation and that we had to act fast, so we took off our heavy equipment and went into the lake.After several attempts to break the window it final gave way and we were able to pull the woman from the car. We’re both glad that this ended without anyone being too seriously hurt.”

Police rescue woman from freezing lake

Two police officers who swam across a freezing lake to drag a woman from a sinking car have spoken about what happened.

The officers made the heroic rescue yesterday morning in Totteridge after the woman fell unconscious at the wheel of her car and it careered into the water.

Today they returned to where the accident happened to speak to our reporter Paul Brand.

They described what greeted them as they arrived at the scene:

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Police officers save woman's life

Two police officers from Barnet have saved a woman's life after her car plunged into a freezing lake in north London.

A 999 call was made just after 8am this morning by a member of the public who saw the car driving into a lake on Totteridge Lane with the female driver apparently unconscious

The two police officers dived into the water and smashed a window of the car, dragging the woman to safety.

She has been taken to a north London hospital for treatment but she has no serious injuries.

Barnet Borough Commander Adrian Usher said:

"I am incredibly proud of these officers and wouldlike to pay tribute to the speed and courage with which they acted to protectthe life of this driver.

"In the bitterly cold conditions we have today, there is little doubt that a sustained period in the water would have posed a serious threat to the woman's life.

"This incident demonstrates the lengths that officers in Barnet, London and across the country are willing to go to in order to protect members of the communities they serve, and they are deserving of our utmost gratitude."

Brazil come to Barnet

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari (right) is in charge of the Brazilian team. Credit: ITN

The Brazilian football team has been preparing at Barnet's training ground ahead of the friendly against England tomorrow. The squad includes veteran player Ronaldinho, who helped knock England out of the 2002 World Cup, and Chelsea's midfielder Oscar.

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar alongside World Cup winner Ronaldinho. Credit: ITN
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