Gloucestershire Police officer Pc Nick French nominated for bravery award
3:27pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police constable has been nominated for a bravery award following a confrontation with a knife-wielding husband in Stroud.
In August 2011 PC Nick French was called to an address in Stroud following reports that a man was trying to stab his wife.
Upon arrival PC French could immediately hear muffled shouting and screaming coming from the garage. Fearing that a life was in danger and without time to wait for back-up, he shoulder-barged open a door and found a large amount of blood on the floor.
The officer followed the sound of the female screams to the garage where he found a man kneeled over a woman who was covered in blood.
Seeing that the male had a knife in his right hand and was trying to stab the woman, PC French ran towards the man and reached for his CS spray, shouting at the man to get off the woman.
When his CS spray got caught in his body armour PC French momentarily looked down to free the spray.
As he looked back up, the male swung towards him with a lawn edger in his left hand, striking PC French in the face with the heavy tool.
PC French immediately started to spray and tackle the male, jumping on top of the male and managing to restrain him, ensuring he was no longer in possession of the knife.
The spray had affected PC French’s vision and he called for assistance.
Upon arrival of his colleagues the male was arrested and handcuffed.
The male pleaded guilty to two counts of making threats to kill and one count of causing actual bodily harm.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, 160 hours of unpaid work and given a 12-month supervision order.
Tracy De Young, Gloucestershire Federation Chair said: “PC French will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t consider what he did to be an act of bravery, that he is one of many police officers both within the county and across the country performing similar duties under difficult circumstances, with the sole aim of keeping the communities they serve safe and free from harm, regardless of the potential personal costs to themselves.
"I consider it a real honour to be a colleague of PC French and was happy to nominate him for the award. Every single police officer who has been nominated for an award is a truly special individual."