A local man has been presented with an award for saving the life of a person in Highbridge.

Steven Foxley, from Bridgwater, received a Royal Humane Society (RHS) Commendation during an awards ceremony for police officers, staff and members of the public to recognise their hard work and bravery.

Steven saved the life of a man who was trying to commit suicide at Highbridge.

“The man was very distressed and Steven took time to engage and talk to him, before taking decisive action, putting himself at risk, to save the man’s life and stop him throwing himself in front of a train,” explained a spokesman.

The awards were poresented at Clevedon Court and included Chief Constable’s Commendations, Royal Humane Society (RHS) and Waley-Cohen awards.

They were presented by Chief Constable Andy Marsh and the High Sheriff of Somerset, Mr Richard Hickmet.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: “I would like to congratulate all the award winners, who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty. They deserve the recognition for their extraordinary efforts and should be really proud of their achievements.”