Met 1 - confronted terror suspect

PCs Field and Hodgson (top), PCs Homer and Pullen (middle) and PC Woolmer

PCs Field and Hodgson (top), PCs Homer and Pullen (middle) and PC Woolmer

Five brave Metropolitan Police officers who confronted a suspected terrorist have been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

Shortly after 11am on Sunday 3 January, police received reports of a man loose with a machete in Islington, London. PC Jason Hodgson and PC Alex Field were the first on scene and worked together to detain the suspect and bring him to the ground. The man violently resisted and required two sets of handcuffs to be subdued.

The officers spotted a number of coloured electrical wires protruding from the suspect’s jacket which suggested he was wearing a suicide vest.

Mindful that they were in a densely populated area very close to the Arsenal Emirates stadium, the officers made the selfless decision to tightly hug the suspect to prevent him triggering the suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

PC Wayne Pullen arrived and drew on his past military experience to carefully search the suspect and deconstruct parts of a circuit board and metal plates attached to electrical wires within the man’s jacket. 

Chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, said: “The heroic actions of these officers resulted in the safe detention and arrest of the suspect, who presented every visual indication of a terrorist threat. Their selfless and courageous actions represent the very best of the police service and they are deserving of this nomination.”

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