Employee, Matthew Leathers's Police honour

Thursday, 5 June 2014

An Abellio Greater Anglia employee has been recognised at a British Transport Police (BTP) awards ceremony for his role in tackling railway crime and antisocial behaviour.

Matthew Leathers (53,from Romford), who works in Customer Services at Shenfield rail station, was presented with a Divisional Commander’s Commendations by Chief Superintendent, Paul Brogden, on Friday 23rd May in a special ceremony held at Stationer’s Hall, London.

Certificates of Commendation are the highest honour awarded to police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs), special constables, police staff, railway staff and members of the public who have shown special zeal, courage, skill and resourcefulness in the detection of crime or some other form of police work.

Chief Superintendent, Paul Brogden, said, “Due to his diligent actions and courage to approach this vulnerable lady, no doubt Mr Leathers saved her life.”

The incident took place on 28th January 2014 when Matthew noticed a female walking to the end of the platform at Shenfield rail station. Having recently completed the Samaritans training course, Matthew approached the female and who told him that she intended to commit suicide. Although the female was in a place of great danger next to the tracks, with fast running trains passing, Matthew spoke calmly with the female, building up a rapport and managed to encourage her away from the platform to a place of safety before calling the police.

Jamie Burles, Abellio Greater Anglia Managing Director, said, “I am delighted that Matthew’s quick thinking and compassion have been recognised with this honour and would like to thank him for his actions which certainly helped to save a vulnerable person’s life.”