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Homeless man saved by Cambridge police officer

A homeless man was rescued from the bitter cold by a police officer tonight (February 21).

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By admin , in Cambridge , at February 23, 2018

A homeless man was rescued from the bitter cold by a police officer tonight (February 21).

PCSO Anthony Marriott, 40, was called by the ambulance service after the man, who was suspected to have been drinking, fell over by Fort St George Bridge at around 6pm.

But because there was no severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP), and no space at any shelters, PCSO Marriott went to Jimmy's Cambridge to get some blankets to keep the homeless man warm.

A police van arrived shortly after to take the man back to Parkside Police Station to keep him safe.

PCSO Anthony Marriott checking to see if the homeless man is alive and well

"I was a bit concerned he was going to freeze to death," said PCSO Marriott.

"Originally, we were called because he had fallen through drinking. But we're going to be looking after him.

"We'll be checking on him throughout the night to see if he's alive and well."

SWEP is provided by Cambridge City Council and opens for short periods when severe weather is forecast.

Beds are given in whichever way works best, whether it be hostel lounges, B&Bs, or night shelters.

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