Two Northamptonshire Police officers who disarmed a knife-wielding man in Corby have been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.
PC Alex Prentice and PC Debbie Wishart were called to a domestic incident in Scotter Walk in March 2014 and were confronted by Lee Vickers, who attacked them with the eight-inch weapon.
Video footage later emerged of the incident from PC Prentice’s bodyworn camera, as the officers overpowered and arrested him before he had the chance to inflict serious harm on anyone.
Both officers used their PAVA spray to try to stop the man, but due to his excited state and the amount of alcohol he had drunk it had limited effect and he kept trying to stab the officers.
Vickers was later charged and jailed for three-and-a-half years.
PC Prentice said at the time: “It is not the first time we have had to deal with an incident like this but it is the first time I have been hit on the stab vest.
“If the knife had been two to three inches higher it would have caught me in the neck.”
Northamptonshire Police Federation secretary Neil Goosey said: “These officers could have retreated to the safety of their police car, but considered the primary needs of the caller and other members of the public.
“In doing do they remained to bring the male under control.
“It was this decision that showed the devotion to duty and safety, which the bravery awards honour each year.”
The Police Bravery Awards take place on Tuesday, October 27, where 64 unsung heroes from 38 police forces across England and Wales have been nominated for outstanding bravery in the face of extreme danger, including fire, river rescues and confronting armed offenders.
One will be crowned 2015’s bravest police officer, with a further eight regional winners also recognised on the night.