Spalding policeman thanked for ‘making a difference’ after crash

Some of Spalding's community policing and specialist teams in Sheep Market, Spalding, are (back) PCSOs Martin Pearson and Colin Abbotts, rural and wildlife officer PC Nick Willey, PCSO Dave Walker, (front) Police Cadets Jordan Wakefield and Erica Halfpenny with PCSOs Emma Simpson and Lisa Waterfall.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Some of Spalding's community policing and specialist teams in Sheep Market, Spalding, are (back) PCSOs Martin Pearson and Colin Abbotts, rural and wildlife officer PC Nick Willey, PCSO Dave Walker, (front) Police Cadets Jordan Wakefield and Erica Halfpenny with PCSOs Emma Simpson and Lisa Waterfall. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A Spalding police officer has been praised for his quick-thinking and kindness after helping the victim of a car crash.

Colin Neilson was so impressed by the service given to his father by PC Ingmar Collinson that he wrote a letter thanking the officer and posted it on social media website Facebook.

Mr Neilson wrote: “Last night, my Dad crashed his car (and) the police were there in minutes to tend to him.

“(Dad) was on his way for a treat (at) McDonalds of all things (when the crash happened and the police) called for an ambulance and waited with him until they arrived (to give) gave him a full examination.

“Dad is very frail these days and finds it difficult to even walk a few paces without being breathless.

“Once he was given the all-clear, the officers realised he hadn’t made it to McDonalds and offered to take him there before driving him home.

This is exactly how I would want someone to help my parents in their time of need and I am sure this is the kind of act that our police service carry out daily.

Colin Neilson

“(It) probably (wasn’t the) textbook (thing to do) but ‘doing the right thing’ makes all the difference.

“Once they drove my dad home, they made sure he got inside okay and settled him down when the officer noticed the dog’s water bowl was a little low and offered to fill it up.

“Again, doing the right thing (even though) it (wasn’t) a heroic act that would receive press attention.

“But it’s these little things that make a difference and make OUR world a better place.

“This is exactly how I would want someone to help my parents in their time of need and I am sure this is the kind of act repeated, (but) not publicised, that our police service carry out daily.

“Let’s remember them for the good they do and stop knocking them when they give you a speeding ticket, etc, (when it) is our own fault.

“Dad is all okay and very grateful for the attention he was given last night - as are (his) family.”