Rayleigh assault victim thanks off-duty officer who helped her get justice

Southend Standard: Rayleigh assault victim thanks off-duty officer who helped her get justice Rayleigh assault victim thanks off-duty officer who helped her get justice

THE victim of a brutal assault has thanked the off duty police officer who came to her aid after her attacker was sentenced in Southend Magistrates’ Court last week.

The taxi driver, who asked not to be named, picked up Steve Austin, of Eastbrooks Place, Pitsea, outside the Pink Toothbrush, Rayleigh, in the early hours of August 24 last year.

Austin, a 33-year-old tiler, got in the taxi with another man and attacked the driver while she was driving the car.

She was forced to pull the car over in Rayleigh Road, Benfleet and the two men fled without paying their fare.

Austin was fined £900 and received a curfew for three months, during which time he will wear an electronic tag.

The victim said: "This was a frightening incident and I’m glad the man has been brought to justice.”

Dc Andy Copley, of Southend CID, was on his way home following a shift and saw the vehicle parked up, so stopped to help the victim.

An investigation followed and Austin was charged with assault and making off without payment.

The victim added: “Andy, and all of the police officers, who helped me were brilliant – they really went above and beyond their duties.”

Dc Copley said: "This sends a clear message to the public not to abuse taxi drivers when drunk on nights out, especially as we are now in the World Cup season.”

“The victim was really thankful for the police effort and will hopefully now have some closure following this guilty verdict.”

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1:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

emcee says...

The victim added: “Andy, and all of the police officers, who helped me were brilliant – they really went above and beyond their duties.”
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OK, it's great that the police did their job (although, it seems, the justice system did not) but I fail to see how ALL the police officers went "above and beyond their duties". OK, so one police officer acted outside his shift of work but, as a police officer is considered never off duty, this is not unusual. As far as ALL the others police officers are concerned it would be nice to know how they went "above and beyond their duties".
Did they call round every night and tuck the victim in? Did they all chip in for a recuperative holiday?
The police officers did their job, that is what they are paid to do and there is nothing "above and beyond" in doing what they are paid to do. Mind you, many would argue that, these days, doing their job is, indeed, acting above and beyond their duties.
Glad the victim is OK but why has only one of the men been dealt with, the Echo is very unclear about this. Also, should not the man charged be behind bars rather than allowed off with such a piddly sentence.
The victim added: “Andy, and all of the police officers, who helped me were brilliant – they really went above and beyond their duties.” - OK, it's great that the police did their job (although, it seems, the justice system did not) but I fail to see how ALL the police officers went "above and beyond their duties". OK, so one police officer acted outside his shift of work but, as a police officer is considered never off duty, this is not unusual. As far as ALL the others police officers are concerned it would be nice to know how they went "above and beyond their duties". Did they call round every night and tuck the victim in? Did they all chip in for a recuperative holiday? The police officers did their job, that is what they are paid to do and there is nothing "above and beyond" in doing what they are paid to do. Mind you, many would argue that, these days, doing their job is, indeed, acting above and beyond their duties. Glad the victim is OK but why has only one of the men been dealt with, the Echo is very unclear about this. Also, should not the man charged be behind bars rather than allowed off with such a piddly sentence. emcee
  • Score: -12

3:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

Well done Andy for acting so swiftly! I hope the female taxi driver makes a full recovery physically and mentally as I can only imagine how shocking this would be for her! Xx
Well done Andy for acting so swiftly! I hope the female taxi driver makes a full recovery physically and mentally as I can only imagine how shocking this would be for her! Xx SLord90
  • Score: 16

6:41am Thu 19 Jun 14

alarminstaller says...

emcee wrote:
The victim added: “Andy, and all of the police officers, who helped me were brilliant – they really went above and beyond their duties.”
-
OK, it's great that the police did their job (although, it seems, the justice system did not) but I fail to see how ALL the police officers went "above and beyond their duties". OK, so one police officer acted outside his shift of work but, as a police officer is considered never off duty, this is not unusual. As far as ALL the others police officers are concerned it would be nice to know how they went "above and beyond their duties".
Did they call round every night and tuck the victim in? Did they all chip in for a recuperative holiday?
The police officers did their job, that is what they are paid to do and there is nothing "above and beyond" in doing what they are paid to do. Mind you, many would argue that, these days, doing their job is, indeed, acting above and beyond their duties.
Glad the victim is OK but why has only one of the men been dealt with, the Echo is very unclear about this. Also, should not the man charged be behind bars rather than allowed off with such a piddly sentence.
It always intrigues me when a comment like you have made being such a biased comment against the Police when hardly any of the facts are known.

Have you got an axe to grind for any reason ?

Whatever you personally hope to achieve by being to critical the simple facts are that a LADY taxi driver was assisted in a good way by the Police either during or after she was assaulted by thugs.

Grow up emcee if you are that angry at the Police please criticise them when they do nothing rather than when they do something that is called being constructive!!!
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: The victim added: “Andy, and all of the police officers, who helped me were brilliant – they really went above and beyond their duties.” - OK, it's great that the police did their job (although, it seems, the justice system did not) but I fail to see how ALL the police officers went "above and beyond their duties". OK, so one police officer acted outside his shift of work but, as a police officer is considered never off duty, this is not unusual. As far as ALL the others police officers are concerned it would be nice to know how they went "above and beyond their duties". Did they call round every night and tuck the victim in? Did they all chip in for a recuperative holiday? The police officers did their job, that is what they are paid to do and there is nothing "above and beyond" in doing what they are paid to do. Mind you, many would argue that, these days, doing their job is, indeed, acting above and beyond their duties. Glad the victim is OK but why has only one of the men been dealt with, the Echo is very unclear about this. Also, should not the man charged be behind bars rather than allowed off with such a piddly sentence.[/p][/quote]It always intrigues me when a comment like you have made being such a biased comment against the Police when hardly any of the facts are known. Have you got an axe to grind for any reason ? Whatever you personally hope to achieve by being to critical the simple facts are that a LADY taxi driver was assisted in a good way by the Police either during or after she was assaulted by thugs. Grow up emcee if you are that angry at the Police please criticise them when they do nothing rather than when they do something that is called being constructive!!! alarminstaller
  • Score: 13

12:20pm Thu 19 Jun 14

John Right says...

alarminstaller wrote:
emcee wrote:
The victim added: “Andy, and all of the police officers, who helped me were brilliant – they really went above and beyond their duties.”
-
OK, it's great that the police did their job (although, it seems, the justice system did not) but I fail to see how ALL the police officers went "above and beyond their duties". OK, so one police officer acted outside his shift of work but, as a police officer is considered never off duty, this is not unusual. As far as ALL the others police officers are concerned it would be nice to know how they went "above and beyond their duties".
Did they call round every night and tuck the victim in? Did they all chip in for a recuperative holiday?
The police officers did their job, that is what they are paid to do and there is nothing "above and beyond" in doing what they are paid to do. Mind you, many would argue that, these days, doing their job is, indeed, acting above and beyond their duties.
Glad the victim is OK but why has only one of the men been dealt with, the Echo is very unclear about this. Also, should not the man charged be behind bars rather than allowed off with such a piddly sentence.
It always intrigues me when a comment like you have made being such a biased comment against the Police when hardly any of the facts are known.

Have you got an axe to grind for any reason ?

Whatever you personally hope to achieve by being to critical the simple facts are that a LADY taxi driver was assisted in a good way by the Police either during or after she was assaulted by thugs.

Grow up emcee if you are that angry at the Police please criticise them when they do nothing rather than when they do something that is called being constructive!!!
His axe, like his chip on his shoulder is indeed very blunt.
[quote][p][bold]alarminstaller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: The victim added: “Andy, and all of the police officers, who helped me were brilliant – they really went above and beyond their duties.” - OK, it's great that the police did their job (although, it seems, the justice system did not) but I fail to see how ALL the police officers went "above and beyond their duties". OK, so one police officer acted outside his shift of work but, as a police officer is considered never off duty, this is not unusual. As far as ALL the others police officers are concerned it would be nice to know how they went "above and beyond their duties". Did they call round every night and tuck the victim in? Did they all chip in for a recuperative holiday? The police officers did their job, that is what they are paid to do and there is nothing "above and beyond" in doing what they are paid to do. Mind you, many would argue that, these days, doing their job is, indeed, acting above and beyond their duties. Glad the victim is OK but why has only one of the men been dealt with, the Echo is very unclear about this. Also, should not the man charged be behind bars rather than allowed off with such a piddly sentence.[/p][/quote]It always intrigues me when a comment like you have made being such a biased comment against the Police when hardly any of the facts are known. Have you got an axe to grind for any reason ? Whatever you personally hope to achieve by being to critical the simple facts are that a LADY taxi driver was assisted in a good way by the Police either during or after she was assaulted by thugs. Grow up emcee if you are that angry at the Police please criticise them when they do nothing rather than when they do something that is called being constructive!!![/p][/quote]His axe, like his chip on his shoulder is indeed very blunt. John Right
  • Score: 10

12:08am Fri 20 Jun 14

andyman1971 says...

Just a low life women beater. Should be ashamed of himself.
Just a low life women beater. Should be ashamed of himself. andyman1971
  • Score: 11

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