Penny Lancaster says she helped save ‘desperate’ suicidal person on bridge in London

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Penny Lancaster has said that she helped talk down a "desperate" person on a bridge in London.

The 50-year-old, who recently became a Special Constable, is currently supporting the widow of PC Andrew Harper, Lissie Harper, in the Light the Lakes charity work supporting bereaved families.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Penny was asked by hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid whether she had arrested anyone so far.

“Not yet, I’ve had five duties so far, it’s been interesting," she said. "When you think of policing, you think of the most violent crimes but we’re out there to help the most vulnerable and at this particular time there’s a lot of incidents on the bridges and I did help someone who was very desperate on the bridge the other night. It can be rewarding in so many ways."

Penny Lancaster has said that she helped talk down a 'desperate' person on a bridge in London
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Susanna questioned the responsibility she must have felt in that moment, to which Penny replied: "I had the right training and I think from the life experiences I’ve had, that’s probably why I feel I belong in the police at the moment.

"I’ve been there and done it, having children of my own. I felt I was prepared for that moment but of course you never know until you’re there.”

Penny said that her husband Rod Stewart certainly hadn't tried to disuade her into joining the police.

Penny hasn't arrested anyone while on patrol yet
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"It is dangerous, but the police are the public, the public are the police," she said. "There’s women and men alike – brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, we’re just regular people but we put that uniform on to help protect.”

Penny, who is on foot patrol in the City of London once a week, also spoke about the reason she had joined the police.

“I always think it’s important to campaign for things like Harper’s Law and to get involved in charity and community," she said. "The campaigning and charity work I do, this is just an extension of working for the community and for the good of people. It’s free of charge.

"I’m giving up my time to help the community and that’s why I wanted to become a police officer, to be out there. We’ve got to look after the police and make sure when their lives are taken, punishment is given.”

*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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