Manchester officers nominated for Bravery award

Two constables from Manchester have been nominated for the 20th Police Bravery award after they tackled a woman with a knife that had barricaded herself in a child’s bedroom. A crazed woman broke in to a couple’s house through the garage and hid in a bedroom until the pair and their children had gone to bed, before disturbing the occupants of the house whilst brandishing a knife.

The valiant officers, PC Graeme Black and PC Paul Hamer, arrived at the incident amidst the panic on the 18th of November in 2013. Upon arrival the officers were presented with the frantic state of the female occupant, as she exclaimed to the officers that an unknown female was somewhere over the other side of the house with a knife. At that moment the perpetrator came down the stairs however when she saw the officers she ran back upstairs and shut herself in a bedroom where the children were hiding.

Without consideration for their own safety the two officers forced entry in to the bedroom and began to physically challenge the offender. PC Black took aim with his taser whilst he and PC Hamer restrained and disarmed the disturbed individual, neutralising any threat.

Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins stated that “It’s a real honour for PC’s Black and Hamer to have their courage recognised nationally and we are very proud to have them serving the communities of Greater Manchester”.

The intruder appeared to be in a drug induced state, as her actions seemed wild and unpredictable. Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation has given recognition to the arbitrary nature of this case. Hanson remarked, “The background of this incident was unknown until after the event, and goes to show how unpredictable and dangerous offenders can be and how courageous these officers were”. The awards ceremony will take place on the 27th of October at The Dorchester hotel in London.

TNT News Billy Rooney

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