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Two Suffolk police officers nominated for national bravery award after tackling man armed with knife in Ipswich town centre



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A pair of police officers who tackled a man carrying a knife in a Suffolk town centre have been nominated for the 2022 Police Bravery Awards.

Pc Craig May and Pc James Moughton were called to reports of a man armed with a knife running through Ipswich last year.

The pair, who both work on the South Operation Sentinel team, asked the suspect to stop and show them his hands but he continued running towards the centre.

Pc James Moughton. Picture: Suffolk Police (57248052)
Pc James Moughton. Picture: Suffolk Police (57248052)

Pc Moughton challenged the man again and, when this didn't stop him, he "red-dotted" him with his Taser, giving Pc May the chance to tackle the man and force him to the ground.

The suspect, who was described as smelling of alcohol, was handcuffed and a large wooden-handled kitchen knife with a seven-inch blade was recovered.

He was transferred to custody where he became agitated and spat in the face of the duty custody sergeant.

Pc Craig May and Pc James Moughton were called to reports of a man armed with a knife running through Ipswich last year
Pc Craig May and Pc James Moughton were called to reports of a man armed with a knife running through Ipswich last year

Suffolk Police Federation secretary Ben Hudson said: “The knife the officers recovered had a lanyard attached for weapon retention, an indication of intent, so who knows what these two officers prevented that night?

“I’m really proud of the officers who showed they are willing to take calculated risks and act decisively in tactical situations, putting the safety of the public before their own.”

The man was jailed for 19 months last November after admitting assault by beating, possession of a knife, four offences of fraud by false representation and handling stolen goods.