Female police officer who tried to save baby ‘thrown to his death’ bombarded by sexist messages

PC Jessica Voiels (pictured above) braved the River Irwell to save 11-month old Zakari Bennett

PC Jessica Voiels (pictured above) braved the River Irwell to save 11-month old Zakari Bennett

PC Jessica Voiels (pictured above) braved the River Irwell to save 11-month old Zakari Bennett

A hero female police officer who tried to save a baby allegedly thrown to his death off a bridge has been forced to delete her Twitter account after being bombarded with disgusting sexist messages.

PC Jessica Voiels was one of the first to arrive at the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Manchester to try and save 11-month-old Zakari Bennett.

But instead of being praised for her brave efforts, the 24-year-old has been trolled by men commenting on her personal appearance.

Comments included men saying ‘she can cuff me anytime’.

After her picture was widely shared on social media, PC Bennett has now deleted her account.

A post on a Facebook group called Mint Manchester read: ‘Get this shared. Jessica Voiels, 24 jumped in the River Irwell to try n save little baby Zak. Despite her efforts she couldn’t find him.’

A selfie of Voiels in her police uniform was shared with the post.

One man wrote: ‘Well, if I ever get pulled out the river and need mouth to mouth then Manchester’s the place for that.’

Another male added: ‘I feel I need to meet and thank her personally, maybe give her a cuddle and See how it goes*’

After her picture was shared online many commented on her appearance, rather than praising her for her bravery

After her picture was shared online many commented on her appearance, rather than praising her for her bravery

After her picture was shared online many commented on her appearance, rather than praising her for her bravery 

Many users also commented on a Facebook post made by Day Ley Smith praising the PC.

Police constable Jessica Voiels (pictured above, left, with a colleague) has since removed her Twitter account

Police constable Jessica Voiels (pictured above, left, with a colleague) has since removed her Twitter account

Police constable Jessica Voiels (pictured above, left, with a colleague) has since removed her Twitter account 

The post began: ‘I don’t usually speak highly of police, but this 1 is a hero policewoman, she leapt into a river trying to save a baby ‘thrown off a bridge’.

‘She can come and arrest me right now if she wants?’ Day also added a love heart emoji.

Tweets were also made about the cop before she deleted her profile.

A user called @Steslinger wrote: ‘Bet there’s plenty offering to be arrested when she’s around.’

Some social media users called out the men for their inappropriate words.

A woman wrote in the Mint Manchester Facebook group: ‘Doesn’t matter how she looks and some comments are vile, the fact is she jumped in to try save a baby.. and men writing she could jump on them etc.. pretty sure she wouldn’t wanna Jump on any of you… disgusting.’

Another said: ‘What’s wrong with everyone can’t a pretty young girl be a cop! Does it matter what she looks like? What she’s done is amazing, something I personally couldn’t do.’

Police constable Voiels raced to save 11-month-old Zakari after he was allegedly thrown in the water. 

Zakari was pulled out of the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, by firefighters after reports that a child was in the water

Zakari was pulled out of the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, by firefighters after reports that a child was in the water

Zakari was pulled out of the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, by firefighters after reports that a child was in the water

His father Zak Eko (pictured), 22, made his first appearance in court on Friday charged with murder

His father Zak Eko (pictured), 22, made his first appearance in court on Friday charged with murder

His father Zak Eko (pictured), 22, made his first appearance in court on Friday charged with murder

The child had allegedly been thrown in a moses basket by his father, Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, who has now been charged with murder.

The boy’s mother Emma Blood, 22, posted a tribute to her son on Facebook after his passing.

She shared images of Zakari and wrote: ‘On Wednesday afternoon my life changed forever. I woke up that morning being a mummy to the most wonderful cute little boy and by the afternoon Zakari was taken from me in the most tragic of circumstances.

‘Zakari was my life for 11 months and will be the heart of our family for many years to come. He was a cheeky little chap with a smile that melted hearts.

‘He was the youngest of five generations of our family and was loved beyond belief.’ 

A spokesman for Greater Manchester police denied any officers had entered the water, saying it would have been unsafe to do so. 

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