Panicked Leeds girl left stranded in snow – then hero police officer rescued her

A Leeds girl is searching desperately for the cop who rescued her, driving behind her all the way from Settle.

Taking roughly half an hour in normal circumstances, the police office wanted to make sure Isobel Butters, 17 was able to get home safely in the severe weather on Friday, January 8.

Isobel, who lives in Wetherby was driving home after sitting an exam when weather conditions drastically changed.

The new driver, who hadn’t driven in snow before, became panicked and was searching for an alternative way of getting home when a police officer intervened.

Seeing how panic-stricken Isobel was, the police officer, known only as Ben, offered to drive behind her, until she reached her home, guiding her in the icy conditions.

The officer was on his way to Harrogate to help with icy conditions there, but was determined to see the young girl home safely.

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Mum Sarah Butters, 47, was terrified when the snow became heavy and Isobel was still far from home.

Sarah stated: “The snow had become too bad, and on our road we were blocked in.

“I had spoken to Isobel when she stopped at Gargrove station, and we were trying to figure out if she could stay at a friend’s nearby.

“But the police officer saw that Isobel was upset, and came over.

“Introducing himself only as Ben, he asked Isobel how he could help and made the decision to help her get home.

“It’s fair to say Isobel was nervous – she hasn’t been driving too long, and when she told me a police officer was following her, I wondered what on earth was going on.

“I was terrified that she wasn’t ok and that she was stranded.”

Sarah Butters
(Image: Sarah Butters)

Yet the family have said that the mysterious Ben had restored their belief in human kindness.

Sarah added: “we knew as a family, we had to find him, even if it was just to say thanks.

“We were blown away by what he had done for us.

“We took to Twitter initially, asking the police force if they knew who it could be and they began making enquires.

“I began to feel a bit like Columbo.

“We were searching through every possible officer – they’ve now sent out an email to all the people called Ben in the force, hoping someone may come forward.

“I want the force to be able to recognise this man, for what he did for us.

“On Twitter, we’ve started a hashtag of #findben , hoping that the incident sticks in his mind as much as it does ours.

“I just hope he sees this and knows that what he did for our family was invaluable.”

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