Northumbria officers win national Police Bravery Award for tackling an armed man
PCs Sarah Currie and Michael Otterson ended up in a violent and lengthy struggle with a man, grabbing at his arm holding the firearm in a bid to stop him from aiming it at them. Sergeant Elliot Richardson quickly joined them to help try to disarm the man, who fired a shot that went through the ceiling of the pub foyer. Once the man had been disarmed and arrested, a search of his belongings revealed he had two handguns, a crossbow, a pack of throwing knives, home-made petrol bombs, smoke grenades and a baseball bat. He was also wearing body armour.
Sgt Richardson said: "Just even to get here is amazing. And then when we won the regional award I was delighted, so to then hear our force called at the end, I just don’t know what to say. Thank you very much.
PC Currie added: "It’s unbelievable. I was sat back chilling, thinking we wouldn’t have to go on the stage again. I didn’t know what was happening when they called out Northumbria. Thank you so much."
PC Otterson said: “Every one of those stories deserves recognition, it has been an inspiring day and we are so proud to have won this award.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “The Police Bravery Awards can honour only a few special acts by a handful of officers, but each of these nominees epitomise the commitment and dedication to duty we see across our police forces every day.”
Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “We have heard truly astounding feats of bravery, including officers who have saved people from the brink of suicide, tackled offenders armed with knives and guns; and had petrol poured over them with the threat of being set alight. I am immensely proud to have hosted this significant event and to share this day with such well deserving nominees and winners. Congratulations to all.”
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