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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 January, 2004, 07:45 GMT
Machete victim in push for police
Lisa Potts
Lisa Potts expects her first baby in February with husband Dave Webb
A former nursery nurse who protected youngsters from a machete attack is campaigning for police recruitment.

Lisa Potts, 28, who was injured in the attack at a Wolverhampton school in 1996, appears in a television and cinema advert which starts on Saturday.

In the latest Could You? advert, she describes how she would find it hard to deal with suspected paedophiles.

Ms Potts was awarded the George Medal after confronting paranoid schizophrenic Horrett Campbell.

In the advert, she says: "What I did is completely different from what a police officer does on a daily basis.

I hope it does raise the profile of the police service, which does a fantastic job
Lisa Potts
"What I did was a reaction to what I had to deal with. And I had to deal with what came afterwards, the injuries and emotional effects and things like the court case.

"But when you look at it in comparison to police work, it is completely different.

"When I think that, if I joined the police, I might have to interview suspected child molesters and go through all the evidence and the tapes and look at what they had done, I would find it very difficult."

Ms Potts now works for a community-based project in the Black Country, providing care for young children and their parents.

'White and male'

Campbell attacked 18 children with a machete at a teddy bears' picnic in the grounds of St Luke's Church of England Primary School in Wolverhampton.

Campbell, who was 33 at the time, was ordered to be detained indefinitely at a psychiatric hospital after being convicted of seven counts of attempted murder.

Ms Potts, who is married to a police officer, said she hoped her participation would encourage more women to join the police.

She said: "I hope it does raise the profile of the police service, which does a fantastic job.

"It is important for it to move from the perception of an all-white, male service to have more women and ethnic minorities, to be a more balanced service."

The Could You? campaign was launched by the Home Office in 2000 to boost recruitment.

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