North Wales Police officers have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award after sustaining a claw hammer attack to catch murder suspect.
PCs David Hall and Rhys Rushby have been nominated to win an award at the 23rd Police Bravery Awards in London on 12 July. The awards are held by the Police Federation of England and Wales to honour and recognise police officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty, and are sponsored by Police Mutual.
PCs Hall and Rushby spotted a violent man who was wanted for murder hiding in a car. The suspect attacked PC Hall with a claw hammer, striking him on the shoulder and several times on his forearms and hands. PC Rushby sprayed the man as PC Hall wrestled with the offender, trying to take the hammer. The offender was biting and punching, screaming that he had a gun and was going to shoot and kill officers – before thrusting an unknown six inch object underneath PC Rushby’s throat.
He continued to assault both officers before PC Hall used a Taser, as PC Rushby handcuffed him. The object he had been holding underneath PC Rushby’s neck was a nine inch kitchen knife.
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the tenth consecutive year. To all of you who have been nominated, be proud of yourselves and your achievements. When it mattered most, you stepped up. You proved that your commitment to keeping the public safe did not waver, even when tested in the most trying of circumstances. At Police Mutual, my colleagues and I are deeply honoured to be able to show our appreciation for your bravery in keeping us safe.”
Richard Eccles, Secretary of North Wales Police Federation, said: “The officers showed real bravery by putting themselves in harm’s way to locate and arrest a violent man who was wanted for murder. Their heroic actions and professionalism went above and beyond the normal call of duty and undoubtedly resulted in the arrest of a violent individual, making North Wales a safer place.”