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Nominated: Durham Cop who tackles woman with machete #policebravery

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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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Meet the Hero PCSO, Paramedic and Sainsbury’s Staff who saved mum on Christmas Eve 

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Earlier this week we reported the ‘Arnison Angels’ saved a mum who collapsed and stopped breathing on a Christmas shopping trip with her family has met the ‘Arnison angels’ who saved her life.

Catherine Maguire, 48, was shopping with her husband and three children on Christmas Eve at Sainsbury’s Durham’s Arnison Centre when she suddenly collapsed.

The alarm was raised by staff and first aider Janet Atkinson, a Sainsbury’s employee, came to Catherine’s aid.

She was followed by husband and wife Durham Constabulary PSCOs Debbie Sadler-Knox and Malcom Knox who happened to be patrolling in the area.

Janet and Debbie gave Catherine CPR and were joined by another Sainsbury’s employee, Lee White.

A short time later, off-duty paramedic Stephen Tate (pictured with Debbie, Catherine, her husband John and their three daughters) saw what was happening and also assisted.

As luck would have it the store had a portable defibrillator which was used on Catherine, who had suffered a heart attack.

She was then airlifted to James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.

Thankfully Catherine, from Framwellgate Moor, is now recovering well from the near-death experience due to the quick actions of all involved.

She said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. From the Sainsbury’s staff to police, to the health services.

“Everyone was just fantastic and really did save my life.”

PSCO Debbie Sadler-Knox said: “When I saw what was happening, the training just kicked in and thankfully everything turned out ok.

“It is just great to see Catherine here with her family in much happier circumstances.”

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Alan Horujko Hero cop saves students from brutal murder during campus attack 

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A hero cop has been named as Police Officer Alan Horujko. He put others first during a knife attack at an Ohio State University.

The officer immediately responded to reports that a car had ploughed into pedestrians and began attacking people with a butcher’s knife.

Fearing mass murder Officer Horujko shot dead the attacker moments after the incident begun.

The attacked has been named as a Somali-born student at the university, 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

He started attacking people with a knife but was shot in less than a minute by the officer who was nearby.

It is believed  two people were being treated for stab wounds, four were injured by the car and two others were being treated for cuts, university officials said.

Police are treating the incident as a terror attack.

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Hero Cops save girls life of girl who wanted to kill herself

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Two fast-thinking police officers have helped saved the life of a girl who text her mate saying she wanted to end her life. Officers were quickly alerted and began searching for the girl.

The officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of November 14, when Police Constables Daryl Jones and Mark Bullock, from Southend’s Local Policing Team, were patrolling Southend.

With the clock against them, the officers began searching the area and found a girl who matched the description. She had walked four miles from her home alone after sneaking out in the middle of the night and was on her way to Southend town centre to harm herself. The pair pulled over and approached the girl cautiously.

Upon seeing the officers, the girl broke down and became upset. Daryl and Mark reassured her that they were there to help her. After calmly engaging with the girl, the officers managed to negotiate with her to get in the police car so they could get her out of the cold and talk to her.

She spoke openly with Daryl and Mark about the difficulties she had been experiencing and how she had text her friend in the hope that the friend would get help for her.

She thanked the officers for finding her so quickly and the pair reassured her that they would get her the further help she needed.

Daryl waited with her whilst Mark made a difficult call to her parents to inform them of the situation and that their daughter had not come to any harm. Her dad thanked the officers for finding his daughter so quickly and ensuring her safety.

The girl was taken to a mental health suite for assessment and her parents thanked the officers again for finding their daughter so quickly and getting her the help she needed.

Daryl said: “I’ve never seen more of a genuine reaction for help from someone than when the young girl broke down when she saw myself and Mark and knew we were there to help her.”

Mark said: “We were just fortunate that we were in the right place at the right time and were able to locate her and help her, I have no doubt if we hadn’t of found her it would have been a different outcome.”

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