A brave officer risked his life stopping a woman who was on a rampage with a machete.
Sergeant Chris Davis has been nominated for a national police bravery award for the action he took in disarming the woman who was waving the machete in the street.
In November last year Sergeant Davis was carrying out licensing visits on a public house in Consett when he received a call that a woman was armed with a machete in the town centre following reports from alarmed members of the public.
Sgt Davis was taking part in a licensing operation to seize counterfeit vodka when he was alerted to what was happening in the street outside by PCSO Michelle Williamson who had just left the public house and saw and heard the commotion.
Upon leaving the licensed premises Sgt Davis saw the woman striking out at a bus stop with the machete as she ran down the road shouting obscenities.
Members of the public who were standing close by were terrified and escaped to the safety of a nearby fish and chip shop.
Customers in the nearby pubs were also kept inside by the concerned door staff.The women then turned her attention to the driver of a car which she had caused to stop in the road.
She approached the car shouting and brandishing the machete.
Sergeant Davis sprang into action shouting and using his spray to distract her from the driver of the car.
The brave officer then ran towards her and grabbed the hand holding the weapon and was able to arrest her. The Police Bravery Awards, hosted in partnership with Police Mutual, is an annual event which honours police officers across England and Wales for their actions to tackle criminals and keep the public safe.
This year marks the 20th Police Bravery Awards. The ceremony will take place on 27 October 2015 at The Dorchester in London.
Andy Jackson, chairman, Durham Police Federation, said: “Due to Sergeant Davis’s swift and decisive action, he stopped a female who could have caused injury to the public.
“He has undoubtedly put the safety of others before his own and is to be commended by Durham Constabulary’s chief constable for his bravery in relation to this incident. This Police Bravery Award nomination confirms that praise.”
Stephen Mann, CEO, Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is extremely proud to sponsor the Police Bravery Awards, recognising the courage of police officers who face extremely challenging situations every day to keep the public safe.
“Our ongoing, long-term commitment to support these awards reflects the incredible respect we have for the work of the police service.”
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