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Suffolk police officer says stresses of job led to suicide attempt

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

A Suffolk police officer is being treated for post traumatic stress disorder after years of dealing with crime on the streets of Ipswich.

PC John Clarke tried to take his own life after suffering a breakdown brought on by the stresses of his job.

It came to a head after the murder of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens in the town.

Tavis who was 17, was stabbed to death just yards from his home Credit: Family photo

Tavis, who was 17, was stabbed to death just yards from his home in Packard Avenue in Ipswich in June 2018.

John was the first on the scene of the brutal stabbing, but was unable to save the teenager's life.

John says there needs to be more support channels and people need to feel able to speak out more.

He hopes in doing so he will break down what he sees as a stigma around mental health.

John is encouraging others to talk about their mental health Credit: ITV Anglia

In a statement Suffolk Police said:

"We take our duty of care to all our employees very seriously.

It is important that officers and staff talk to the organisation and the Workplace Health department about their struggles in order to gain access to the most appropriate support."