Mildenhall officers win prestigious award for tackling town knifeman

Two police officers based in Mildenhall, Rebecca Gardiner and Paul Osmond, nominated for national Police Bravery Award.'FL; Paul Osmond and Rebecca Gardiner. ANL-140910-140516009
Two police officers based in Mildenhall, Rebecca Gardiner and Paul Osmond, nominated for national Police Bravery Award.'FL; Paul Osmond and Rebecca Gardiner. ANL-140910-140516009
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Two Mildenhall based police officers have received one of the highest police awards in bravery for tackling a knife wielding man in Newmarket.

Pc Paul Osmond and Pc Rebecca Gardiner were awarded the eastern region Police Bravery Award at ceremony attended by dignitaries including Home Secretary Theresa May, police minister Mike Penning and Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in central London earlier this month .

The pair were awarded the prize following an incident in July 2012 after responding to a car crash where one off the cars had driven off.

Inquiries led the two officers to an address in Churchill Avenue where they found the driver drunk, which a breath test confirmed.

While at the address the man armed himself with a knife and started to self-harm by stabbing himself in the stomach.

Despite the officers best efforts to get the man to stop he continued and then threatened and assaulted PCs Gardiner and Osmond with the knife. After a continued struggle the officers managed to handcuff the man before back up arrived.

“We are both shocked and flattered to be nominated. You read about what the officers from other forces have done and it is overwhelming and 
exciting to feel that we have won this award,” said Pc Gardiner.

“The support from people has been incredible and to have the actions of everyday police 
officers, whoever they are, 
recognised in this way is incredible.”

Nominating the duo for the prestigous prize, which was presented to them by Stephen Mann of Police Mutual, was Matt Foulds, chairman of the Suffolk Police Federation.

“Both Rebecca and Paul are very proud to have received the Regional Winners Award,” said Mr Gould.

“They are excellent ambassadors for Suffolk Police and exemplify the level of service we aim to provide to people of Suffolk. I am sure they will take great memories of the day away with them and we can all be proud of them.”

Prior to picking up their awards, both Pc Osmond and Pc Gardiner joined 64 of their colleagues from 31 
forces round the country for a reception at 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister David Cameron as a mark of recognition for their heroic acts.