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Flood hero boost for 'toy cops'.

A COMMUNITY support officer who saved two men from a flooded car was praised by a police chief yesterday.

Brave Andy Hill, 25, waded into chest-high water to pull the pair to safety when high tides swamped their Audi on Wallasea Island, Essex.

PCSO Hill was on patrol with a colleague when they saw the men, aged 24 and 44, trying to free themselves.

Yesterday Insp Richard Baxter said PCSO Hill had done a "marvellous job" and was a credit to the force.

In September two PCSOs - nicknamed "toytown cops" and "plastic plods" were criticised for not doing more to help a boy who drowned in a lake in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Mr Hill said: "The water was icy and the men were very grateful." His colleague helped the pair dry off before taking them to a marina.

Huge waves hit East Anglia on Friday after a massive tidal surge in the North Sea.
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Date:Nov 11, 2007
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