Officer who tackled knifeman hailed

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Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A police sergeant who single-handedly confronted a sword-wielding attacker has won a national award for bravery.

Stephen Brown found himself in a terrifying struggle with a knifeman who tried to slash his face and neck with the samurai sword on Christmas Eve 2012.

Sgt Brown was the national winner at this year’s Police Federation annual bravery awards which took place last night at a ceremony in central London.

He was commended for his courage when he was called to deal with the attacker, who had already repeatedly stabbed a woman, in north London.

Sgt Brown managed to CS spray the knifeman’s face before hitting his arm with an extendable baton, and when the attacker fell over the officer jumped on top of him and he was later arrested.

The suspect was found to have a bag full of weapons on him.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The actions of Sergeant Stephen Brown are a powerful reminder of the commitment and courage that police officers bring to their role.

“Sergeant Brown put his own life in danger to defuse a terrifying situation. His intervention protected the public and may well have saved the lives of others.”

Yesterday morning Sgt Brown and 65 fellow award nominees from 31 forces around the UK were invited to Downing Street for a reception with Prime Minister David Cameron, before the awards event in the evening.

The chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White, said: “I am constantly humbled and amazed by the selfless acts of bravery carried out by police officers on a day-to-day basis. For every act of courage and bravery recognised in the Police Bravery Awards there are hundreds more that occur in our communities every day that go unrecognised.”

As well as a national victor, there were winners of eight regional awards, including Sgt Brown who took the London accolade.

Others included Constable John Harrison and Sergeant Gareth Davies, from North Wales Police, who were called to find an armed man who had barricaded himself into a conference room at the Guildhall in Wrexham, claiming to have a bomb.

Constable Roger French, from Staffordshire Police, braved a burning building three times to save two lives; and constables Keith Lucas and Shane Robinson, from Essex Police, grappled with a man who had turned himself into a human fireball.

Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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