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Suffolk police officers Jordan Tuck and Peter French honoured at Police Bravery Awards in London after rescuing children from armed man

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Suffolk police officers were recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty at the postponed national Police Bravery Awards, which were held in London yesterday.

Pc Jordan Tuck, from Sudbury station, and Pc Peter French, from Stowmarket, were nominated for bravery awards after rescuing children from a shotgun-wielding man.

They were put forward by Suffolk Police Federation for the National Police Bravery Awards last year in recognition of their 'bravery, tenacity, dynamic thinking and outstanding police work during the terrifying ordeal'.

PC Peter French and PC Jordan Tuck (52207750)
PC Peter French and PC Jordan Tuck (52207750)

The officers stopped a shotgun-wielding man from killing children during a domestic incident in which they were deployed to a house which ‘looked as it if it had been struck by a hurricane’, with ornaments and glass strewn over the floors of every room.

On arrival they were confronted by an armed suspect who refused to drop the weapon.

The officers managed to evacuate three children and an adult.

The suspect then doused a shed in petrol and set light to it, threatening next door properties. As the officers waited for armed back-up, the man dropped the weapon to the ground and appeared to be less agitated. It gave the officers the opportunity they had been waiting for and they managed to get him and the shotgun under their control.

Suffolk Police Federation chairman Darren Harris said the officers had been understandably fearful for their lives, but that had not stopped them from saving the lives of everyone in the house.

On Tuesday, Pc Tuck and Pc French missed out on being named overall 2020 winner, with that accolade going to Pc Stuart Outten, from the Metropolitan Police.

In addition to Pc Outten’s award, six regional winners were named:

  • Ps Simon Hogg, Pc Paul Jackson and retired Pc Paul Cowling, Durham
  • Ps Amos Durose and Pc Kristian Avons, Staffordshire
  • Pc Geoff Marshall, Derbyshire
  • Pc Roz Fricker, Dorset
  • Pc Richard Shea, Pc Matthew Reynolds, North Wales
  • Pc Joanna Wilber and Pc Jack Wilber, Greater Manchester

A total of 93 nominees from 42 forces in England and Wales were honoured at the 2020 event, which celebrated its 25th year.

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