A HEROIC teen from Clacton has been praised for saving a woman’s life after she suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the street.

Charlton Timms, 17, a year 12 pupil at Clacton County High School, rushed to the rescue when he saw the woman collapse in Colchester High Street last month.

While horrified members of the public looked on, Charlton took charge and performed life-saving CPR in the street until paramedics arrived at the scene.

The ambulance staff told the quick-thinking Clacton teen he had saved the woman’s life.

They took down his name and school before taking the casualty to Colchester General Hospital for further treatment.

The incident happened on June 12.

Last week a letter arrived at the school for Charlton from East of England Ambulance Service chief executive Dr Anthony Marsh praising his heroic actions.

Clacton County High School principal Jeff Brindle said: “Everyone at the school is really proud of Charlton and his efforts that day.

“It was an extremely brave and selfless act and he should be an inspiration to all of us to not be afraid to intervene in a situation where somebody needs our help.”