Officer praised for heroic actions in trying to save girl, 4


A police officer from Leighton Buzzard has been awarded for actions above and beyond the call of duty.

At a ceremony at Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters officers, staff and members of the public for their bravery and long service.

PC Laura Brine, who is based at Hemel Hempstead and lives in Leighton Buzzard along with former Constable Karl Gravells were the first officers to arrive at a house in Hatfield on March 12, 2014 having been called to reports of a four-year-old girl being unwell.

Upon arriving they did all they could to try to resuscitate Alexa-Marie Quinn however she sadly died. Her father Carl Wheatley was arrested on suspicion of murder.

As the officer in the case, Detective Constable Suzanne Seagrave from Stevenage managed a large quantity of harrowing medical and psychiatric evidence with extreme professionalism.

Following a three week trail Wheatley was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

His Honour Judge Bright commended Laura Brine and Karl Gravells for the professionalism and heroic actions they took in trying to save Alexa Quinn’s life.

Susanne Seagrave was commended for her professionalism, attention to detail and detective ability in her handling of such harrowing case.