Officers who thwarted a terror suspect named London’s bravest

13 July 2017

Five Metropolitan Police officers who thwarted a suspected terrorist near to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium have been named as the Region 8 (London) winners at the 22nd National Police Bravery Awards.

The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery.  The London winners are PCs Alex Field, Jason Hodgson, Marc Woolmer, Sam Homer and Wayne Pullen, who were involved in a frightening incident in Islington on Sunday 3 January 2016.

Called to reports of a man loose with a machete, PCs Hodgson and Field were first on the scene and detained the man, wrestling him to the ground, having to use two sets of handcuffs to restrain him as he violently resisted.

While PCs Woolmer and Homer were protecting the scene using themselves to form a human block around him, the officers spotted a number of coloured electrical wires protruding from his jacket, and feared he was wearing a suicide vest. They radioed for assistance, and selflessly decided to hug the suspect in a tight restraint to ensure that he would not be able to detonate any device secreted on his body.

PC Pullen heard the call for help on the radio and headed to the scene. Formerly having worked in the military, he drew on his past experience to carry out a thorough search of the suspect, and began deconstructing what thankfully proved to be a non-viable device.

The five winners were presented with their award by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, and were honoured to receive the prize.  PC Pullen, on behalf of the group, said: “I think we’re all pretty humbled and honoured to be recognised and I’m sure the lads would join me in saying we did what we needed to do on the day and to get this recognition and to bee amongst some pretty outstanding people and fellow officers is a real once in a lifetime achievement.”

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.”

Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Every nominee at this year’s awards has shown outstanding courage and thoroughly deserves to be recognised. Your continued bravery helps ensure that millions of people in our country are kept safe, which is perhaps more important than ever given recent events across the world. This is why we proudly continue to support this event.”

More information on our Bravery Awards