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Police officer hit by train while trying to save man on tracks dies


A “respected and popular” police officer who was struck by a train while trying to rescue a man in distress on the tracks has died of his injuries, Nottinghamshire police said.

Sergeant Graham Saville, a Newark Police Station response officer in Nottinghamshire, was seriously injured while responding to concerns for the man’s safety near Balderton last Thursday.

Police said a “distraught” man was found with serious injuries not believed to be life-threatening, and Sergeant Graham Saville had been struck by the train while trying to help him.

The “highly respected” officer was transferred to Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham. On Tuesday, police said the 46-year-old man had died of his injuries with his family at his bedside.

‘Very respected and popular colleague’

Kate Meynell, Nottinghamshire Police Chief, said: “Today is a day of mourning for the whole police family. Graham was a highly respected and popular colleague, and his death in the line of duty has been a huge shock to all of us.

“Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to his family, and we will do everything we can to support them at this unimaginably devastating time.”

He said it was “a testament to his bravery and dedication as a police officer that he was mortally wounded while trying to save another man’s life” and that “his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Police Chief Meynell thanked other officers who attended the scene, some of whom provided immediate medical assistance while waiting for the ambulance, saying they were supported by a dedicated team.

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, said: “I am saddened to learn of the passing of Sergeant Saville. The fact that he died in the line of duty is a testament to his bravery and a terrifying reminder of the work police do every day to keep us safe.”

Suella Braverman, Home Secretary, wrote on social media: “We owe an immense debt of gratitude to our police officers for their courage in protecting us all.”

Chris Philp, the Police Minister, posted: “He selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember. Our thoughts are with Graham’s family and colleagues.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, led by the British Transport Police.

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