Serving cop tried to hang himself from a lamp-post outside police HQ

cop : A police officer tried to hang himself from a lamppost outside a force’s headquarters before he was rescued by horrified colleagues, it is said.

The shocking incident happened in front of Cheshire Police headquarters, in Oakmere Road in Winsford, at about 10.30am on Monday.

Fellow officers witnessed what was happened and rescued the man after about 20 seconds, it is said.

The officer who tried to hang himself was taken to hospital, where he was in a stable condition, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The injured officer was described as being a “a really nice lad” by a concerned colleague.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “At 10.30am on Monday, September 10 officers responded to a concern for the welfare of a police officer at the main entrance of Force HQ.

“An ambulance was called and the officer was taken to hospital, where his condition is described as stable.”

Cheshire Constabulary has lost £60m from its funding since 2010, a budget cut of 37%.

However last year a Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Report (HMIC) report praised the way in which the Cheshire Constabulary had protected its front-line from budget cuts.

Budget cuts have hit all forces throughout the UK and placed extra strain on frontline officers.

Ian Allen, Secretary of Cheshire Police Federation, said: “We are aware of this incident and are providing support to the officer and his family.”

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