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PCSO praised for saving baby from choking

Adam Cleaver stepped in to help save baby Samuel's life Credit: Dorset Police

A Police Community Support Officer has been praised for his actions in saving the life of a baby boy.

PCSO Adam Cleaver, who works for Winton Safer Neighbourhood Team, was on patrol in Winton when Donna Saghir ran out screaming for help.

Donna’s 17-month-old son Samuel had stopped breathing after choking on a piece of pasta. She and neighbour Patsy Cox tried in vain to dislodge the food but were unsuccessful and the youngster’s heart briefly stopped.

Donna said: “I just panicked. I saw some PCSOs walking up the road and I ran out and asked for help.”

PCSO Cleaver sprung to action and began using the life-saving skills he’d been taught during his training with Dorset Police to revive Samuel.

Donna, who also lives with husband Saghir, sons Daniel, 14, James, 12, Adam, nine and daughter Leila, five, said: “I was on the phone to the ambulance service but was absolutely frantic. Patsy took the phone from me and relayed what the man was saying so Adam could do the treatment.

“Samuel wasn’t breathing and his heart stopped. By the time the paramedics arrived Adam had resuscitated him.” Samuel was rushed to Poole Hospital following the incident on Tuesday 23 September 2014 and was later transferred to Southampton Intensive Care Unit.

Donna, 42, a teaching assistant, said: “He was in hospital for four days in total. He developed an infection because some of the food went into one of his lungs. Thankfully he is on the mend now.

“It was a terrifying experience. I dread to think what would have happened had Patsy and Adam not been there to help. I will always be thankful.”

“When I went in Patsy was there with Samuel and she had him upside down. I took him off her and started resuscitation. He was floppy and really white. Thankfully I managed to get his heart started and he began breathing. At the time I didn’t really think about what I was doing, I just went into autopilot. It was only afterwards when I left the house that the gravity of the situation hit me. I have got two boys and it is nice to know that I am able to help save a child’s life.”

– PCSO Adam Cleaver

“As a parent these are the kind of situations that you dread. We are so pleased Adam was in the right place at the right time and able to use the lifesaving skills he was taught in training to help save Samuel’s life. We are extremely proud of his efforts and will be putting him forward for an award.”

– Deputy Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Amey


Police community support officer jailed for tricking Gatwick passengers

A former police community support officer who stole thousands of pounds by tricking passengers at Gatwick Airport into thinking they were carrying too much cash has been jailed for six and a half years.

Alexis Scott approached departing travellers as they were about to go through the final gate at the airport and asked how much money they were carrying.

She convinced some that they were carrying more than the maximum amount allowed and 'confiscated' the balance, before reassuring her victims they could claim it back when they returned.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.

PCSO to be sentenced for stealing from passengers

Alexis Scott will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: ITV Meridian

A community policewoman who stole thousands of pounds from passengers at Gatwick due to be sentenced today.

39-year-old Alexis Scott conned seven long-haul travellers while they were at departure gates. She told them they couldn't take more than one thousand pounds out of the country - and made them hand over all their spending money.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.

Scott, of Plumstead, south-east London, was arrested in May last year and accused of stealing more than £15,000 from seven victims. She was convicted in July of six offences of theft and one of misconduct in public office following a three-week trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

Scott, who was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at the same court, was cleared by a jury of one count of theft.

Following the verdict, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said Scott had fallen woefully short of the "highest personal and professional standards" expected by Sussex Police, abusing the trust the force had placed in her and the trust of the public.

After internal disciplinary proceedings in July last year Scott was dismissed from her job, which pays a basic salary between £18,500 and just over £20,000 a year.