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Ammonia attack PC gets bravery award after Leamington Spa attack

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Media captionPC Skinner played dead to avoid further injury but she managed to call for assistance while lying in the road.

A police officer who had ammonia thrown in her face and eyes by a violent gang is to be awarded for her bravery.

PC Sara Skinner was patrolling alone on her bike when she saw three men get out of a stolen BMW and break into a house in Leamington Spa.

Police said she was pulled off her bike and kicked after approaching them and "played dead" to avoid further injury.

The PC, who called for assistance while lying on the ground, will receive a Police Bravery Award on 14 July.

'True bravery'

The Warwickshire police officer noticed the stolen car, containing four men, pull up outside the house in Lillington in April 2015. The house had already been burgled twice that year, the force said.

PC Skinner said she was "petrified she was going to lose her sight" after feeling a burning sensation from the liquid.

A forensic scientist identified the liquid as ammonium hydroxide, which causes burns, a police spokesman said.

Her actions directly led to the arrest, charge, conviction and imprisonment of a violent gang of criminals who were committing offences across the Midlands, he added.

Warwickshire Chief Constable Martin Jelley it was a "real example that police officers are ordinary people who sometimes do extraordinary things".

"Sara showed true bravery in her actions and displayed commitment and dedication in stopping a group of men committing crime, despite the personal violence that was used against her," he said.

"She immediately returned to work despite her injuries, to see the job through. "

The officer, who escaped serious injury, has also received a Chief Constable's Commendation for her actions.

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