North Yorks - fended off knive-wielding women

PC Michael Tinsley

PC Michael Tinsley

A North Yorkshire police officer who fended off two knife-wielding women has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

PC Mike Tinsley was called to an address in February 2016 after reports that a “hysterical” woman was self-harming with a large kitchen knife.

Fearing there was a risk to life inside, he decided to enter the property before back-up arrived but when he did, he was confronted with an intoxicated woman brandishing an eight-inch kitchen knife. As he restrained her using a door as cover, another intoxicated woman armed herself with a knife and approached the scene.

This meant PC Tinsley had to restrain her with his free hand, leaving a scenario where he had one woman wedged between the door and the wall and the other secured under his knee. He then managed to disarm one and force her away, before using his PAVA spray to disarm the other and secure her in cuffs.

After this act of bravery, he has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award and will be recognised at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards next month, at a fitting ceremony in London. The awards honour and recognise police officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, and sponsored by Police Mutual.

The officer was nominated by Mike Stubbs, Chair of North Yorkshire Police Federation, who said: “PC Tinsley acted in the finest traditions of British policing. This was a terrifying situation to walk into but he handled it with incredible courage and resolve. He put the safety of a very troubled lady ahead of his own. This nomination goes some way to say thank you for his selflessness.”

He has already received a Gold Courage Award at his force’s annual awards and a chief constable’s commendation for his actions.

“Mike acted with heroic bravery that day in tackling two persons armed with a knife, with little thought for his own safety.”

North Yorkshire Chief Constable Dave Jones said. “This was a remarkable demonstration of one of the most fundamental North Yorkshire Police values of courage.

“As a result of his actions, Mike received phenomenal support from the public, when he was voted winner of our Public Choice Award at North Yorkshire Police’s annual awards ceremony.

“I am proud to be able to call him a North Yorkshire police officer.”

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