Police Federation

Durham

PC Ian Murphy was called to attend an immediate response incident where there were confusing reports about what had taken place.

It was understood someone inside the address in Durham had been stabbed and was seriously injured.

PC Murphy was first on scene and met by a group of around four males who were intent on forcing entry to the address. The group were extremely agitated, kicking at the door to the premises and intoxicated, claiming someone had been killed inside.

The officer used his baton to smash the glass of the front living room window, at which point an individual known to police came to the window covered in blood.

PC Murphy was acutely aware that the use of a knife and weapons had been mentioned.

Firearms officers were travelling to the address, but not yet at the scene. Without thought for his own safety, PC Murphy detained the individual through the window he had just smashed.

PC Murphy was joined by a colleague; both were unsure whether the individual had been injured or whether there was a victim inside.

He entered the premises alone without knowing if there were other people inside the premises who may be armed and could pose a significant risk.

As he searched the property, PC Murphy located the body of an individual who had sustained significant injuries. He immediately started CPR. Unfortunately, the victim did not recover from his injuries.   

A large machete was located within the house and it was established that the victim had been tortured for a significant period before succumbing to his injuries.

The detained individual was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 24 years imprisonment.

Durham Police Federation Chair Andy Jackson said: “PC Murphy demonstrated outstanding courage in confronting a dangerous male, with a propensity for extreme violence, who might still have been armed. Furthermore, he had to contend with an angry mob, intent on causing the attacker harm, whilst formulating a plan to deal with the situation.

“He entered the address alone, not knowing what danger he might face before additional resources arrived. In doing so, he put himself at great risk of potential harm to try to save the life of another.”

PC Murphy has also been awarded a Chief Constables Commendation for his actions during this incident.

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