Brave officers recognised following violent incident

Brave officers recognised following violent incident

Brave officers recognised following violent incident

Twelve Humberside Police officers have been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award for their handling of a violent incident last year.

The incident, which unfolded on 11 September 2018, saw officers forced to tackle a man who was threatening customers with a meat cleaver and a drum of petrol in Barclays Bank and Santander branches in Hull.

Officers attended the scene following several telephone reports from frightened members of the public.

The suspect was alleged to be brandishing the weapon and attempting to set alight to the petrol he had poured in the buildings.

Discussing the swift actions of those who attended the scene, Helen Collier, Secretary of the Humberside Police Federation, said:

“These officers acted in the finest traditions of British policing

“They put their lives on the line to protect members of the public who were caught up in a horrifying incident.

“In nominating these 12 officers, we wanted to show that, while each played a different role in tackling this dangerous individual, they worked together as a team and each one played their part in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion.”

Among the first to arrive at the scene were PCs Robert Toyn, Joe Gorman, Daniel Higgins, Amy Edwards and Olivia Bailey

According to a statement by Humberside Police, they “took control of the situation, pushing the crowd away from the bank and containing the suspect until firearms officers arrived.”

Firearms officers PCs Michael Barratt and Philip Stannard arrived on the scene soon after.

Witnesses say that they ran into Barclays without hesitation, to discover the suspect trying to set light to the petrol.

They quickly discharged two fire extinguishers to prevent ignition.

PC Barratt then deployed his Taser as the defendant was running towards him, trying to stop him.

PCs Stannard, Toyn, Gorman, Higgins, Edwards and Neil House chased the suspect through the interchange where firearms units were then able to stop him.

PCs Jim Charlesworth and Dan Goulden deployed baton rounds and PC Dan Hermann then deployed Taser.

Their swift actions meant that the man was detained, and nobody injured.

Now, as a result, they have been nominated for the annual Police Bravery Awards.

Ahmad Mohammed (25) from Innsworth Garth, Bransholme was charged with attempted robbery, arson with intent to endanger life, three counts of possession of a bladed article, affray, criminal damage and threats to commit criminal damage in relation to the incident.

He was given a hospital order.

The awards honour the country’s finest officers, who have performed incredible acts of bravery, while on or off duty.

A total of 94 brave officers from forces across England and Wales have been put forward for an award.