Police heroes honoured at 2021 Bravery Awards

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Home Secretary Priti Patel poses for a photograph with Police Offices as they attend a reception to mark the Police Bravery Awards. 10 Downing Street. Picture by Jack Sauverin / No 10 Downing Street

The 2021 Police Bravery Awards were held in London last night celebrating Britain’s bravest of the brave.

PC Daniel Broderick, PC Elizabeth Brook, PC Anthony Dutton and PC Richard Knowles from West Yorkshire Police were named the overall 2021 winners.

The hero officers won the award after chasing down two teenagers who had savagely murdered a man with a Samurai sword.

In January 2020, PC Daniel Broderick, PC Elizabeth Brook, PC Anthony Dutton and PC Richard Knowles responded to reports of a man being attacked with a sword outside a pharmaceutical factory in Huddersfield.

It was being viewed in real time by a CCTV operator.

Upon arrival the officers, armed only with conventional PPE, were faced with both attackers using a Samurai sword to attack the victim. The man had been the subject of the most barbaric assault with a sword and knife and clearly sustained unsurvivable injuries.

The officers startled the offenders and then managed to chase them, deploy Taser and pepper spray and detain them both, despite the offenders still being in possession of the murder weapon.

Then the officers returned to the apparently lifeless body of the victim and attempted to revive him until the arrival of the ambulance service, whereupon the victim was sadly declared dead.

Both suspects were later convicted of the man’s murder.

It emerged that the victim and his colleague worked at the factory and had confronted a gang of youths who were trespassing and were under the influence of drugs and alcohol. A confrontation occurred and despite the victim and his colleague trying to calm the situation, two of the teenagers attacked them with a Samurai sword.

The victim’s colleague’s hand was severed and he managed to run away. But the attack upon the murder victim was brutal, lasting for eight minutes before the police arrived.

West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth said:

“Daniel, Elizabeth, Anthony and Richa are outstanding police officers and a credit to the uniform.

“Despite the horrific nature of what they had come across, these officers displayed an outstanding level of courage and selflessness in confronting danger and detaining both of the individuals concerned. At the time of this incident, PC Brook had only four weeks’ service.

“The officers then went above and beyond to make every effort they could to provide CPR and support to the victim despite the horrific injuries that had been inflicted upon him.”

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Wilson.”

As well as being nominated for The National Police Bravery Awards, all four officers were submitted for an in-force bravery award, plus two received Divisional Commander’s Award and one received a Humane Society Award.

Home Secretary Priti Patel welcomed the award winners to a reception at Downing Street.

Home Secretary Priti Patel poses for a photograph with Police Offices as they attend a reception to mark the Police Bravery Awards. 10 Downing Street. Picture by Jack Sauverin / No 10 Downing Street

Congratulations to regional winners:

  • PS David Cayton, Northamptonshire
  • PC Lee Mather and PS Paul Linpower, Dorset
  • PS Natalie Markham, Metropolitan
  • PC Owain Smallwood and PC Mark Burbidge, Gwent
  • PC Alicia Snowden and PC Simon Toft, Greater Manchester
  • PC Matthew Evans, West Midlands
  • PC James Packman, PC Liam Steele, PC Liam King and PS Iain Watkinson, Thames Valley

A total of 81 nominees from 40 forces in England and Wales were honoured at the event.

You can read all their incredible stories below:

Awards nominee: Bedfordshire

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Awards nominee: Norfolk

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Awards nominee: West Yorkshire

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