Police officer breaks shoulder while saving life of suicidal man

PUBLISHED: 16:45 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 03 May 2018

Nathan Lake was jailed for 32 months for GBH on a police officer and driving while disqualified. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Nathan Lake was jailed for 32 months for GBH on a police officer and driving while disqualified. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

A Norfolk police officer was injured trying to save the life of a suicidal man following a two-hour stand-off, a court heard.

Nathan Lake, 28, barricaded himself into the loft space of an address in Holbeach when the officer grabbed him to prevent him taking his own life.

But Lake then landed four or five blows to the officer’s head before falling on top of him and fracturing his shoulder, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said officers had gone to the address to look for Lake and found him hiding in the loft space and refusing to come down.

He said Lake threatened to “brick” officers if they tried to come up to get him and was involved in a two-hour stand-off.

He said Lake then threatened to take his own life and when the 51-year-old officer looked into the loft and saw Lake, he sprung into action to save his life.

He said the officer received blows to the head and then felt a tremendous pain in his shoulder after Lake fell on top of him.

Mr Ivory said the officer had to undergo treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn for the painful shoulder injury.

Lake, of Valingers Road, King’s Lynn, who appeared via video link from Peterborough prison, admitted causing the officer grievous bodily harm on January 30 and two offences of driving while disqualified.

He was jailed for 34 months and given a 25-month driving ban.

Jailing him, Judge Stephen Holt said the officer had saved his life and said: “What he did that night was extremely brave.

“He did it to save your life, as a result of which he received a really unpleasant injury.”

John Morgans, for Lake, said he wanted to thank the officer for his action: “He recognises this officer saved his life.”

He said Lake had acted recklessly that night and said the only person he wanted to harm was himself.

Mr Morgans said Lake now wanted to make a fresh start.

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