Three Newham officers who rescued a young boy from the roof of a three-storey building have been praised for their bravery.
Police were called at 10:17hrs on Wednesday, 25 February to reports of a child trapped on a roof in Grange Road, E13.
Officers attended the scene and were confronted by a four-year-old who had managed to find himself trapped on the roof of a three storey building.
PC James Aspland immediately began speaking with the young boy in order to build up a rapport and gain his trust. It became clear to the officers that the child was not only stranded, but in shock and very cold due to the wet weather.
A blanket was thrown to the child and London Fire Brigade were called. It had become clear that the child had climbed over a plastic overhang onto another roof.
Fearing for the child’s immediate safety the officers decided to take drastic action to rescue him.
A rope was requested to be used as a safety line in order for a rescue to be attempted. Whilst waiting for the rope officers even considered using their belts, unfortunately they did not provide enough length.
On its arrival the rope was attached to PC Aspland who climbed onto the roof, with the other end being held by PCs Daryl Jones and Terry Mole. PC Aspland then crawled along the plastic and took hold of the shivering child. He slowly made his way back across the roof where the boy was reunited with his very grateful mother.
On Thursday, 26 February both mother and son attended Forest Gate Police Station and presented each officer with a bunch of flowers, chocolates and even some birthday cake, as it was the little boy’s birthday, to show their gratitude.
Inspector Joe Dyer, from Newham Borough, said: “PC Aspland clearly risked his own life to bring the child to safety, but he deemed it necessary to go above and beyond his duty to affect this rescue. This show of bravery highlights the dedication and lengths that police officers go to in order to protect vulnerable people within the community.”