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Volunteers provide help after firearms incident

1 February 2012

Emergency response volunteer helps elderly evacuees© InfoVolunteers set up a rest centre yesterday after residents in a Lincolnshire village were caught up in a firearms incident.

A police officer was injured in a shooting in Sutton St James during the morning of 31 January, which led to police cordons closing off large parts of the village.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area and residents were redirected to the Red Cross rest centre based at the village primary school.

Quick to help

Six emergency response volunteers and ten staff members ran the centre, registering residents and providing emotional support to the public.

They also visited a nearby pub to make sure residents were okay, ensure they knew about the centre and to see if they needed any help. The centre remained open until midnight, when the police cordons were lifted.

Joy Clift-Hill, operations director, said: "Our volunteers and staff worked closely with the police, and acted quickly and professionally in both setting up and running the rest centre.

“They were on hand to help anyone affected by the incident, especially those who may have had nowhere else to shelter due to road restrictions."

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