Award for Devon & Cornwall cops who stopped chainsaw-wielding man

13 July 2017

Stopping a man waving a chainsaw near to families on a busy road has earned two Devon and Cornwall police officers a regional police bravery award.

PC Karl Wood claimed the Region 6 (South West) prize for himself and on behalf of his colleague PC Moore who couldn't be there at an awards ceremony in London.  The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery.

The two officers were called to an incident in Camelford on 29 July 2016 where a man had threatened his father with knives, a chainsaw and an axe. He then went out on to the street where he encountered an off-duty Police Community Safety Officer and made threats to “cut a police officer in half.”

PCs Wood and Moore drove to the scene, on the A39, where they found the offender wielding the chainsaw and holding an axe above his head. With traffic building, PC Moore stepped out of the police van and drew his baton and Taser, eventually needing two shots of the latter to stop the man, disarm him and arrest him.  That this terrifying incident happened in front of families enjoying a warm evening made the actions of the two officers all the braver.

PC Karl Wood accepted the award on behalf of himself and colleague PC Moore (who couldn’t be at the ceremony) from PFEW Chair Steve White. He said: “I feel amazed and I wish my colleague was here now. I take the award for every single officer who does extraordinary things every day and I’m really happy to be here. At the time it felt like just part of the job we do, I never would have expected to receive this award.

“The best thing about the day was five minutes ago, being awarded for something I never thought I would receive. The whole day has been amazing.”

Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation Janice Adam said: “The quick thinking and heroic actions of the officers resulted in the safe detention and arrest of a dangerous offender. Their courageous actions represent the very best of the police service and I am delighted they have won this award.”

Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Every nominee at this year’s awards has shown outstanding courage and thoroughly deserves to be recognised. Your continued bravery helps ensure that millions of people in our country are kept safe, which is perhaps more important than ever given recent events across the world. This is why we proudly continue to support this event.”

More information on our Bravery Awards