VIDEO: Lakenheath bride thanks police for getting her to wedding on time

A bride has praised a police officer who helped her make it to her wedding on time after her car broke down on the A14.

Dianne Hunnibell was en-route to Stowmarket Register Office in a vintage Rolls-Royce on June 12 for her wedding to partner Sean when it broke down on the fly-over near Sainsbury’s in Bury St Edmunds.

WEDDING HERO: PC Ian Jepp, Dianne Hunnibell and her father Peter on arrival on Stowmarket Registry Office; Inset Dianne and Sean - Pictures courtesy of Trudy Matthews

WEDDING HERO: PC Ian Jepp, Dianne Hunnibell and her father Peter on arrival on Stowmarket Registry Office; Inset Dianne and Sean - Pictures courtesy of Trudy Matthews

With 25 minutes until the ceremony and stranded on a busy road with lorries whizzing past, she was frightened and anxious until PC Ian Jepp rode to her rescue.

Mrs Hunnibell, 41, of Lakenheath, said: “He just appeared at my window and I asked ‘will you take me to my wedding. He radioed through and took us to Stowmarket. He said ‘don’t worry we will make it in time’ and put on his flashing lights and sirens.

“When we got there everybody was waiting outside for us - without him we would never have made it.”

She said she cannot thank PC Jepp and Suffolk Police enough as it would have ‘proved nearly impossible to re-organise’ the wedding as guests had travelled from as far as London and America.

Mrs Hunnibell, who is a supervisor at Burger King at RAF Mildenhall, said: “I think someone must have been looking down on me for them to turn up like that and help us.”

She had been travelling with her dad Peter Inman, 66, of Beck Row, who was ‘like a little boy on Christmas day’ when the officer turned on the sirens.

PC Jepp, from the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, added: “I can’t say I have ever helped a bride to get to her wedding on time before in my policing career, but it shows how diverse policing is.

“Diane was so appreciative of our assistance and I’m glad that we managed to help her become Mrs Hunnibell.”

Pictutes courtesy of Trudy Matthews and video by Jeff Stanford.