Police Federation

Awards nominee: Greater Manchester

PC Stephen Lamb and PC Andrew McCoombes

PC Stephen Lamb and PC Andrew McCoombes

PCs injured in knife attack

A member of the public reported that he had seen a man enter a shop and could hear shouting and screaming coming from the building. He believed a robbery was taking place.

PCs Lamb and McCoombes arrived within three minutes of the call and saw the offender climbing out of the shop under the metal shutter carrying a basket full of goods. He made his way down the side of the shop and was chased by PC Lamb.

There was a struggle as PC Lamb tried to detain the man, when he produced a kitchen knife and swung it at PC Lamb several times, cutting the officer as he tried to escape.

PC McCoombes also tried to restrain the man, but his hand was injured. After managing to get hold of the offender, other officers arrived. At the side of the shop a damaged kitchen knife was discovered, which had broken due to the ferocity of the attack. 

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