Police Federation

Awards nominee: Cleveland

PC Steven Bolsover

PC Steven Bolsover

Lone PC chases down machete-wielding man

PC Bolsover was coming to the end of his night shift when he responded to reports of an irate man with a machete banging on the door of a vulnerable resident.

The man was already wanted for several other offences, including a serious wounding and threats to kill.

Working on his own, PC Bolsover went to the address and spotted the man who was still armed with a machete. The officer ran towards him, but he ran away through the housing estate. The chase lasted around 10 minutes and although other officers had answered the call for help, they were still some distance away.

PC Bolsover managed to catch up with the man who stopped, turned towards the officer and threatened to slash him. Despite this PC Bolsover carried on towards him, trying to Taser the offender but without success.

In desperation the man ran through a someone’s house still armed with the blade, with PC Bolsover close behind. He eventually detained him on top of a garage roof.

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