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[24 SEPT 98] Community News
Bravery Award For Hostage

A Warwickshire man who was taken hostage at knifepoint will receive a commendation for bravery from Chief Constable Peter Joslin today.

Barman Jeremy Burvill from Barford went to the help of two women who were being held hostage by armed men in January 1997.

Mr Burvill was working at the village’s Granville Arms when a woman, covered in blood, pleaded for help after being held hostage and assaulted at a nearby house.

He ran straight to the house and was taken hostage at knifepoint, doused with petrol and was threatened with being set on fire.

PC Jeff Love who had come to the woman’s assistance was also taken hostage. After about an hour, PC Love managed to overpower the captors and Mr Burvill was released.

PC Love has already received a national Police bravery award and the Queen’s commendation for bravery for his actions.

The award ceremony at Police HQ in Leek Wooton, will also see Dominic Martin of Woodloes Park, Warwick pick up a Royal Humane Society Award for saving the life of a suicidal woman at a railway bridge near Derby.

He was travelling on a bus when he spotted the woman. He leapt off the bus and along with another man grabbed the woman and held her for 15 minutes, preventing her from falling.
   

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