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Three of our officers have tonight (Thursday 14 July 2022) received bravery awards at the National Police Bravery Awards.
PC Jack Ginger, PC Jessica Hamblett and PC Richard Hayes were on patrol when they heard a loud bang coming from just metres away, which they believed to be a firearm discharging.
The suspect was spotted fleeing the scene, carrying a black bin liner. Our officers pursued him and, after a failed attempt to escape in a vehicle which had driven on to the pavement to avoid the officers, they successfully arrested him at the scene. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of a black bin bag, containing a converted firearm and an empty cartridge.
The offender was subsequently sentenced to five years imprisonment.
GMP Chief Constable Stephen Watson said “Our three officers showed amazing courage and tenacity in the way they responded to an incident which was violent, dangerous and unfolded in a matter of seconds.
“Thanks to their actions a violent man was removed from our streets and prevented from causing further harm.
“My congratulations go out to PC Ginger, PC Hamblett and PC Hayes, who without a doubt represent the finest of police officers. They deserve every bit of recognition they receive, and I am extremely proud that they wear the GMP uniform.”