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Police Federation

Awards nominee: Gwent

Man booby traps home to fend off officers

Five Gwent Police officers faced a man barricaded into a flat with a can of petrol and were attacked by various weapons including a machete-type knife and a spear. PCs Lloyd Read, Paul Taylor, Peter Whittington, Sarah Breakspear and Craig Bracegirdle faced a “nightmare situation”, according to their Federation chair Maria Henry. The occupant threw petrol at the officers and barricaded himself in the kitchen. He threw objects and lunged at them with a knife or spear-type implement, trying to attack them around their shields. PC Whittington grabbed hold of the arm swinging the machete and disarmed him, allowing the other officers to handcuff him.

The attacker was arrested and then sectioned.

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