Off-duty PCSO jumped to rescue as suspect tried to escape in Horsham town centre

The scene of the arrest, in Springfield Road
The scene of the arrest, in Springfield Road

An off-duty PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) saw colleagues trying to pin-down a wanted teen in Horsham town centre and jumped to the rescue this evening (August 11).

Around four police vehicles rushed to the scene in Springfield Road where PCSOs confronted and pinned down a 16-year-old boy wanted for assault, at around 6.45pm this evening.

PCSO Charlene Parsons and PCSO Adrian Bell were parked in a police car near Shelley fountain when they spotted the boy.

PCSO Parsons said she went to speak to him and when he realised she was going to arrest him he tried to run away, prompting PCSO Bell to run over and assist the struggle outside the URC.

Off duty PCSO Tracey Field was in her car in Springfield Road when she spotted the scuffle and ran over to help hold him down before three other police vehicles arrived and the boy was arrested.

PCSO Parsons said: “I had to grab him. He tried running, he tried just about everything to get away.

“Tracey was in her car, parked up, and saw me, and Adrian running across, so she got out her car and assisted.”

The teen was wanted for assault and public order offences which took place in the town centre in the last week.

Sergeant Gary Jacobs said he was impressed by all the PCSOs as arrests are not ordinarily their responsibility.

“They are not normally used to confronting people,” he said. “They knew none of us were around and he’s been sought for a while.

“Thanks to their quick reactions, he was arrested. If he had got away we would be back to square one because he’s of no fixed abode.”

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