Humberside - apprehended fugitive

PC Alan Pratt

PC Alan Pratt

An off duty Humberside officer who apprehended a violent fugitive has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

PC Allan Pratt, who is 16 years in service, was in a car with his wife and son in Hull on 24 June 2016 and witnessed a heated argument between a well-built man and a woman at the side of the road. The woman struck him with a motorcycle crash helmet and he reacted by grabbing her by the throat and repeatedly punching her in the face.

Without thought for his own safety, PC Pratt immediately got out of his vehicle and identified himself as a police officer. A struggle broke out and the man attempted to ride off on his motorbike but he was prevented from escaping by PC Pratt, who burned his leg on the bike exhaust and injured his knee. Despite this he was able to arrest and detain the man until other officers arrived.

It emerged the man was wanted in relation to other offences and was later charged with a number of assaults, witness intimidation, making off without payment and burglary. He is currently awaiting a Crown Court date.

Humberside Police Federation Chair, Peter Musgrave, said: “If it hadn’t been for the brave and selfless actions of PC Pratt then this individual would have continued to evade police custody and his victim would have been even more seriously hurt. PC Pratt did an incredibly brave thing and showed that whether on or off duty, Humberside officers will always react.”

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