Police Federation

Awards nominee: Cumbria

PS Kevin Milby

PS Kevin Milby

Solo officer chases down blood-soaked axe-wielder

Lone officer Sgt Milby attended a report from numerous members of the public of a blood-soaked man carrying an axe.

The officer challenged the man and told him to put the axe down, but the man ignored him and instead went into a shop still carrying the weapon. Sgt Milby followed him into the shop and used his Pava spray, which had little effect, so he single-handedly restrained, disarmed and handcuffed the offender.

Earlier the man had forced his way into a house and attacked someone with the axe, causing life-threatening injuries. Sgt Milby arrested the man for attempted murder and took charge of the scene by directing officers to manage the incident and make sure that no one else had been injured.

Sgt Milby showed incredible bravery during a perilous situation with a clear risk to his own and the public’s safety.

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