December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The bravery of a police officer who chased a wanted man through Norwich, despite having been slashed with a knife, has seen him claim a regional award.
PC Martin Bentley claimed the eastern region award at this evening’s Police Bravery Awards ceremony in London, meeting prime minister David Cameron and home secretary Theresa May in the process.
He was one of a number of officers who responded to a disturbance in Darrell Place, off Cadge Road in Norwich, in February 2012 - ending in him needing 16 stitches to his hand and skin grafts.
As previously reported, The officers were alerted after reports a statue had been thrown through a window and the suspect, a violent offender wanted for other matters, had driven off.
As PC Bentley approached the scene he spotted the offender’s car and tried to pull it over. A pursuit through the streets of Norwich then began before ending in Vauxhall Street, where the offender left the car and ran off.
PC Bentley gave chase on foot through several dark alleyways before the man suddenly turned towards him and produced a knife, threatening to kill the officer and thrusting the knife towards him.
The officer attempted to deploy his PAVA incapacitant spray but the suspect turned and once again fled, eventually running up a driveway and attempted to climb a high gate next to a house.
PC Bentley managed to grab the leg of the offender, who slashed at him with the knife around the neck and shoulder area.
Despite receiving injuries to his hand PC Bentley continued his pursuit and was joined by other officers who managed to corner the man, who continued to lash out, but with batons drawn the officers overcame him and he was arrested.
At last night’s ceremony PC Bentley said: “It’s not something that really registered at the time, he was certainly an obstacle in the way but you still have a job to do.
“It’s been an incredible night and there are so many amazing stories out there in the same lime light, We are all winners at the end of the day.”
Steve Williams, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, added: “Despite threats to his life and near fatal injuries, PC Bentley persisted in his pursuit of this armed man; he is a courageous and determined officer. PC Bentley is a deserving winner, a credit to the force and the police service as a whole.”