‘He was stabbing himself in the stomach’

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Two police officers who stopped a Newmarket man stabbing himself to death have been nominated for a national police bravery award.

Their nomination by the Suffolk Police Federation 
followed an incident in July 2012 when Mildenhall-
based officers Pcs Rebecca Gardiner and Paul Osmond responded to a call requesting help at a road crash in Fred Archer Way in Newmarket where one of the cars had driven off.

Inquiries led the officers to Churchill Avenue where they found the driver drunk.

He had armed himself with a knife and was stabbing himself in the stomach.

Despite the officers’ best efforts to persuade the man to stop, he continued and then threatened and assaulted both of them with the knife.

After a struggle the officers managed to handcuff theman before back up arrived.

Matt Gould, chairman of the Suffolk Police Federation chairman, said: “It is always shocking when police officers are assaulted on duty and even more so when knives are involved.

“Clearly these officers were faced with a dangerous and difficult situation. Without thought for their own safety, they managed to bring about a safe conclusion to the situation.”

The Police Bravery Awards, are hosted in partnership with Police Mutual whose chief executive, Stephen Mann, said: “Every day, police officers across the country face incredibly difficult and dangerous situations, acting with real heroism to protect the lives of others. All of the officers nominated for an award have shown great dedication to their duty and remarkable courage. ”

PCs Gardiner and Osmond will attend the annual national Police Bravery Awards in London on Thursday.