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Officers overpower man on violent rampage – Police Bravery Awards – Durham Nominees

October 17, 2014, 6:00 pm

A man with a history of violence and of assaulting police officers was on the rampage in a quiet village. He had caused serious harm to members of the public with violent, unprovoked attacks. He even assaulted his father before returning to his girlfriends home address.

Sgt Wells, PC Barnes, PC Craggs, PC Crawford and PC Jubb were deployed to try and locate him. They made their way to his girlfriends address where the offender was in the garden. When he saw the officers, he armed himself with a hammer and a piece of broken glass. A cordon was placed around the perimeter of the house and support from taser trained officers was requested. He made threats towards the officers then walked into his girlfriends address and held her young child up to the window.

Without warning he came out of the house screaming and ran directly towards the officers and launched himself towards PC Jubb.

The level of violence that followed was the worst that any of the officers present had experienced in all of their service. He aimed punches at all of the officers, connecting with the face of PC Crawford. Sgt Wells, PC Craggs and PC Barnes were also punched.

Eventually PC Jubb managed to hold the offender in a bear hug grip. This enabled officers to handcuff him with two pairs of handcuffs. Such was the resistance whilst in the bear hug with PC Jubb, the bicep from PC Jubbs left arm was torn from the bone.

This was a fast moving, extremely volatile situation and the officers courageously did all they could with little or no thought for their own personal safety. Their heroic and decisive actions led to the arrest of an extremely violent man intent on causing serious harm.

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