Shot PC back in surgery after ‘setback’

Last refreshed at 13:14 16 February 2006
Rachael Bown, the policewoman shot in Nottingham, has gone back into surgery after enduring “a setback” in her condition, police have said.
The 23-year-old probationer, who was genuinely harmed while exploring a burglary, is back in concentrated care.
Nottingham Police have said the learner remains “seriously ill” following Monday’s shooting.
On Tuesday Miss Bown experienced five hours of surgery at the city’s Queen’s Restorative Focus what’s more, last night was conscious what’s more, capable to talk to her family.
But this morning Nottinghamshire Police said the trial policewoman, who was shot in the stomach, required more treatment.
A representative said: “PC Rachael Bown, who remains truly sick in serious mind at the Queen’s Restorative Centre, Nottingham, has gone back into theater this morning for surgery to explore a difficulty in her condition.”
Nottinghamshire Boss Constable Steve Green added: “This is a exceptionally stressing time for everyone. Our musings what’s more, petitions are with Rachael what’s more, her family.”
Before this setback, PC Bown told her family she thought she had “let everybody down” since she did not get the gunman, her family said.
Probationary PC Rachael Bown, who was gunned down in the Lenton region of Nottingham at just after midnight on Tuesday, too dreaded that she would get sacked.
“But that is the sort of young lady she is, she is continuously considering of others what’s more, would abhor to think she had let anybody down,” said her father Martin.
The 23-year-old officer was with an experienced male officer about half a mile from where the robbery took place. They were chasing a marauder who had directed a understudy property.
No-one has been captured over the shooting what’s more, analysts have not openly recognized a suspect nor discharged any depiction of anybody needed as part of the manhunt.
Police said it was indistinct regardless of whether the shooter was in any way associated to the theft at the understudy house in Lenton Boulevard.
The shooting revived the face off regarding on weapon wrongdoing what’s more, regardless of whether rank-and-file police officers ought to routinely be outfitted while strolling Britain’s streets.
Prime Serve Tony Blair recognized recently that “far more” must be done to battle weapon crime.
Prime Minister’s best wishes

At Prime Minister’s Question Time Mr Blair passed on his best wishes to Miss Bown.
In a explanation discharged last night, Rachael’s family said her to begin with thought at the point when she came round from surgery was that she had let her associates down.
Mr Bown, 44, a previous soldier, said: “When she opened her eyes the to begin with thing she said was ‘sorry dad, I am going to get the sack. I have let everybody down what’s more, I did not get him’.”
Her father added: “But that is the sort of young lady she is, she is continuously considering of others what’s more, would loathe to think she had let anybody down.”
Mr Bown what’s more, spouse Jan, 43, said the last two days were a living nightmare.
“It was our most exceedingly bad fears come true. It was the feared thump on the entryway in the center of the night,” they said.
Neighbours living close the scene where PC Bown was shot accept the officers pursued the suspect into the cul-de-sac of warden-controlled pads which is ensured by a bolted entryway at the far end.
PC Bown was hit in the mid-region underneath the level of her body defensive layer just seconds after jumping out of the traveler situate of her watch car, local people said.
Barry Crane, 73, who minded for the officer as she sat dying on the asphalt outside his bungalow, said he was woken by the sound of a single impact from a weapon taken after by screaming.
Mr Crane said he woke up in no time after midnight after hearing a “massive bang” outside his bungalow.

He said: “I was quick asleep, I heard one blast at that point I heard screaming.
“I heard these unpleasant shouts of pain. I could tell it was a woman’s voice.
“I thought somebody was robbing her or, on the other hand assaulting her.”
Mr Crane took a cover to the stricken officer as she lay against his plant railings.
“She was moaning, she was conscious,” he added. “The police were on top of her attempting to work on her.”
Mr Crane said he was told afterward that police had taken CCTV tapes from the piece of pads as part of their chase for the gunman.
PC Bown recovered cognizance on Tuesday evening what’s more, is said to be “showing a few improvement”.
Her guardians have kept a vigil at the city’s Queen’s Restorative Focus along with her sisters Gemma, 21, what’s more, 14-year-old Sarah since the early hours of Tuesday morning.
PC Bown, a college graduate who was brought up what’s more, went to school, school what’s more, college in Nottingham, joined the province compel in Walk 2004.
Mr Bown added: “When she cleared out college she needed a vocation where she could offer assistance people.
“She considered educating what’s more, nursing be that as it may at the point when she connected to join the police what’s more, got accepted, she was over the moon.”
Mother Jan said: “Rachael is a excellent girl, she is so kind, minding what’s more, generous. She would do anything for you.
“We just need her to get better what’s more, bring her home.”
PC Bown, who was nearing the end of her two-year trial period, had as it were as of late exchanged to the city focus beat.
Shadow home secretary David Davis composed to Home Secretary Charles Clarke inquiring him to direct a audit into the viability of police body armour.
In his letter, Mr Davis inquired the Home Secretary: “Following the shooting of Rachael Bown in Nottingham what’s more, the demise of Sharon Beshenivsky in Bradford last November, will you dispatch a audit into the level of insurance given by the bullet-proof vests right now issued to police officers?”

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