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TWO OFFICERS and a call handler have been handed a top police award after they tackled a man brandishing a Samurai sword and threatening officers.

The dangerous man had called police on 3 June last year to say he had stabbed himself in the foot with a sword; he began threatening police over the phone. The call handler − Amy Wareham − became so concerned with his behaviour that armed response officers were despatched together with officers with Tasers, shields and a police dog.

The 27-year-old man also said if police didn’t arrive within ten minutes he would start attacking people at the local shop.

Constables Neil Ashford and Brian Marriott from the force’s Firearms Unit were sent to the address in Oldbury while Amy managed to calm the man down over the phone and arranged for him to leave the address unarmed to get help from the two officers.

The man left his flat and began to approach the armed officers, at about 10 metres away he drew his sword, raised it above his head and began to run towards the officers. The two officers ordered the man to put down his sword and dived at the constables’ feet. He was then arrested, searched and quickly handcuffed.

After being assessed by a medical team and was not found to be suffering from any kind of mental illness. He was charged with a public order offence and possession of a weapon.

PCs Ashford and Marriott and Amy Wareham were all awarded Chief Constable’s Commendations for their actions at a presentation ceremony at Tally Ho! last week.

Speaking following the incident, PC Ashford said: "I had never been so close to shooting someone. I was in no doubt that a split second later I would have fired my weapon."

Chief Inspector Paul Minor, head of the force’s Firearms Unit, said: "During this incident officers demonstrated an immense level of restraint and courage in the most demanding of circumstances."

Source Day 209 - Ashford & Marriott
Author West Midlands Police from West Midlands, United Kingdom


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