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PCs who disarmed sword murderer receive national bravery award

West Yorkshire officers who disarmed two “barbaric” attackers who had just murdered a factory worker with a samurai sword have received a national bravery award.

PCs Daniel Broderick, Elizabeth Brook, Anthony Dutton and Richard Knowles were confronted with the horrifying sight of the killers attacking Robert Wilson, 53, with a sword and knives outside a pharmaceutical company in Huddersfield in January last year.

The officers managed to disarm the two teenagers, who were on cocaine and a drug similar to Xanax, as well as drink, as they tried to decapitate the married father-of-two.

The four colleagues received the 2021 national Police Federation award for bravery at a ceremony in central London last night (9 December).

PC Brook, who was only a fortnight into the job when the attack happened, said: “It was like a movie – that’s how I remember it. It was slow motion – we didn’t realise what we were seeing.

“A detective inspector later said this was the worst he had ever seen – he said it was absolutely horrendous, and you’ve dealt with it within the first two weeks of your career.”

PC Dutton said: “The bloke with the samurai sword turned around and looked towards us, but carried on with his hacking, sawing motion just as though if he didn’t care. He didn’t care about what he was doing, and it was just barbaric, inhumane.”

The West Yorkshire officers were the national winners from a shortlist of eight regional victors.

Detective Constable Steven Bailey, a City of London Police officer who nearly died after contracting Covid-19, also received the Inspiration in Policing award.

Chairman of the Federation John Apter, who presented the bravery award to the four national winners, said: “Daniel, Liz, Ant and Richard represent the very best of policing, and fully deserve all the recognition they will rightly receive.

“Police officers are committed, dedicated public servants who frequently do extraordinary things to selflessly protect others. The outstanding bravery and professionalism shown by all the PFEW Bravery nominees once again proves we have the best police officers in the world.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the “dedication and conscientiousness” of all the nominees.

He said: “Acts of bravery in policing are, necessarily and thankfully for us all, commonplace. Every day, local and national media is awash with examples of police heroism. Be it confronting dangerous and violent people, rescuing members of the public or working day and night on the most harrowing of cases, bravery is a defining characteristic of the police.

“It is this unflinching bravery, alongside your dedication and conscientiousness, that inspires my steadfast support for the police.

“I am bowled over by the nominees. You are a credit to your forces and your illustrious forebears in policing. I salute each and every one of you.”

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