World News – GB – Meet the police officer hero Lancs making his FA Cup debut

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Goalkeeper and captain Barnes, 33, will take advantage of the big opportunity, which is televised by BT Sport, in his stride having encountered more difficult and dangerous situations in his role as PC

Ben Barnes has already proven to be a hero in his daily police work

Tonight he will aim to do the same with Skelmersdale United, the lowest ranked team in the FA Cup, which will travel to Ligue 2 at Harrogate Town

Ninth tier Lancashire club Skelmersdale are five steps behind Harrogate in the English football rankings but showed their mettle by making six laps to reach the first round proper

Goalkeeper and captain Barnes, 33, will take advantage of the big opportunity, which is televised by BT Sport, in his stride having encountered more difficult and dangerous situations in his role as PC Nothing more than the time he was involved in a violent fight with a mad suspect armed with a knife, who had attacked a woman in a house in Skelmersdale

« I had testified in court and was on my way home when the emergency call arrived, » Barnes recalls

« I was just around the corner so I said I would go A woman opened the door and she had puncture wounds where she had been stabbed She flew out of the door in front of me and I was confronted with her attacker

« Your education and experience takes over, and you just watch what you need to do, which is take the guy into custody

« It boiled down to a hand-to-hand fight at the top of the stairs and I managed to apprehend it »

The attacker was ultimately sentenced to a considerable jail term, with Barnes receiving praise from the High Sheriff of Merseyside, who called him a « hero »

Barnes was also invited to Downing Street at the National Police Bravery Awards, hosted by the Prime Minister

« It’s always nice to be recognized, » said Barnes. « But that’s not what we do the job for

« As a police officer you see the worst things in society – child deaths, horrific crimes, stabbings, burglars, drug dealers and drug addicts

« All of this can affect you, but over the last few years the police have turned the corner on mental health overwhelmingly. Like many cops, I have had my own issues

« But with the help of the police, family, friends and football, I’ve been there » Father-of-three Barnes is supported by his partner Kate, who attends all of his matches whatever the weather

« We’ve been together for eight months and she stayed there, in hailstones or torrential rains, » Barnes said. « She’s a huge football fan »

The road from Skelmersdale to Wembley began when NHS worker Joe Herbert scored the winner six laps ago and the income from their cup race is huge

« After this game the club are guaranteed £ 30,000 which will be so expensive, » said Barnes « It’s a lifeline, especially in this time of Covid, with the fans not being allowed to participate in the games

« Historically it’s a great club, but it’s been through some rough times so it’s great to help them put them back on the map a bit with this cup race

« No one is giving us a chance, but if we could win it would be one of the biggest upheavals in the FA Cup in recent years »

Skelmersdale United FC, FA Cup, Harrogate Town AFC, EFL League Two

News from around the world – UK – Meet the hero of the police officer Lancs making his FA Cup debut
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– The The race of Skelmersdale United FA Cup sees Lancashire policeman in the spotlight



SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-gb-meet-the-police-officer-hero-lancs-making-his-fa-cup-debut/?remotepost=530875

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