Schoolgirls hailed as heroes after saving stab victim’s life in Dagenham

Two schoolgirls were hailed as heroes after fetching a medic to save the life of a critically wounded stab victim attacked inside his home.

Louise Cruse, eight, and her sister Charlotte, 10, ran to a parked ambulance and brought back the paramedic who gave live-saving first aid to the blood-soaked man.

He had staggered outside his house in Verney Road, Dagenham, after being knifed in the lung and heart.

Last Wednesday, the Dagenham pupils received Met police commendations for their act of bravery after two men were jailed for nine years each for the assault.

Their dad Philip, 46, of Cornwallis Road, Dagenham, said: “The man came out of his house screaming for help.


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“He was dripping blood all over the place.

“They were worried at first but they are pretty resilient.

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“They would probably do it again if the situation arose.”

Louise and Charlotte were playing in the street when they saw the man collapse outside his front door on September 18 last year.

Police arrived at the scene and the girls brought back the medic they had seen parked in the street.

Sydney Russell School student Charlotte, now 11, and Southwood Primary pupil Louise, nine, provided evidence to the police.

Paul Fletcher, 23, and Mark Richardson, 36, both of Verney Gardens, Dagenham, were arrested and later jailed after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 20.

Awarding the sisters and investigating officers commendation, borough commander Andrew Ewing said: “This is a really good example of members of the community and the police working together.”

A Met Police spokesman added: “The took the paramedic back to the address where he administered life-saving first aid.

“The actions of these two children undoubtedly saved the life of the victim in this case.”

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