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Police praise member of the public for actions which helped get urgent treatment for ill van driver found slumped at the wheel in Carlton

Police today praised a ‘diligent member of the public’ whose actions helped get urgent treatment for a diabetic man who was discovered slumped at the wheel of his van in Carlton.

Officers said they were called to Cardale Road on Monday morning following the reports of a man feeling unwell.

When police discovered the man, he was barely conscious. Officers spoke with a family member after checking his phone and they updated them that he was an insulin dependent diabetic.

An ambulance arrived shortly afterwards and treated the man who made a fully recovery.

Neighbourhood Inspector James Walker said: “We’re grateful to the diligence of the eagle eyed member of the public, as without that, the situation could have had a very different ending.

“This person called us after seeing the same van in Swains Avenue around half-an-hour earlier when it appeared to be stopped in the road for no reason. He had spoke to the driver who stated he was ok and drove off.

He added: “I’d also like to thank the officers attending; PC Benjamin Collins and PC Holly Sutherland-Sheeran for their quick thinking in getting to the bottom of the man’s medical issue.

“Some great team work for everyone involved for which the man and his family are also very grateful.”

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