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PC John Nash

A police officer that had only been in the job for six days was lucky to survive after a six inch twig went through his eye socket and touched his brain following a chase through a Heywood estate.

If you are squeemish please don’t look down the page of the post near the bottom.  (for all you who are easily shocked)  This just adds to the risks involved within the role performed by officers on the streets.

PC John Nash was in an unmarked police car following two other cars which were being driven erratically on Walton Close. One of the cars was abadoned and PC Nash gave chase on foot. During the chase he slipped and slid into a bush. One of the branches went through his eye and snapped to leave a six inch twig sticking out of his face.

He continued the chase and was able to arrest one of the getaway drivers, who told him about the horrific state of his eye and that he needed to get to hospital.

He was taken to Fairfield Hospital in Bury by his colleagues before being transferred to Royal Blackburn for three hours of surgery to remove the broken stick.

Doctors discovered that the twig had gone through his eye-lid, broken his cheek bone and stopped against his brain. Following surgery PC Nash retained some of the sight to the eye and doctors are hopeful that he may make a full recovery.

I sincerely hope that he does make a full and speedy recovery.

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PC Nash, who had only been in the force for six days, slipped on a muddy lawn and slid head-first into a bush

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12 Responses

  1. ooooo WEB warnings first please…..us MOP’s are not used to seeing such sights on a Sunday…..very brave of the guy though, total commitment to the job in hand!

  2. God, that’s awful. I hope he makes a full recovery too.

  3. I think that photo needed a disclaimer! Hope he makes a full recovery. One hell of a first arrest story though.

  4. Hope that is better for you……WEB

  5. of course I could not help myself I just had to look.
    what a idiot I am.

  6. I wish PC Nash a speedy recovery.

  7. “He…was able to arrest one of the getaway drivers, who told him about the horrific state of his eye and that he needed to get to hospital.”

    Criminal or not – I hope the driver gets SOME credit for that.

  8. Yon’s an affa sicht, aricht. Get well soon, loon.

  9. Hells Bells, when the news reports said a twig I thought they meant a TWIG not a bloody branch.
    Good luck lad, I hope you make a full recovery.

  10. Well done young man.
    Speedy recovery. ( Get back to work soon. They owe you doughnuts!)

    XX

  11. Congrats PC John Nash,an extremely brave young man, on making his arrest despite the terrible injury!

    Here’s to a speedy and complete recovery.

    I agree with Dave the Dog… that was a thumping great ‘twig’…much bigger than I had been expecting to see

  12. Please show your support for disabled police officers.

    The Government is aiming to slash their pensions.

    Sign the petition on the No 10 Downing Street web site at:

    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/HOC-46-2004/

    You can read more about this disgraceful situation from Clint Elliott, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NARPO – the National Association of Retired Police Officers here:

    http://www.politics.co.uk/opinion-formers/National-Association-of-Retired-Police-Officers/doing-their-duty-but-at-your-expense-$365656$5.htm

    Many thanks,

    John McCall

    p.s. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested.

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