Police officer who tackled man wielding samurai sword wins police bravery award

PC Frances Peters. PIC: Supplied by Police Federation of England and Wales.

PC Frances Peters. PIC: Supplied by Police Federation of England and Wales.


A Norfolk police officer who bravely tackled a samurai sword-wielding attacker who claimed he was going to kill his wife has won a regional award for police bravery.

PC Frances Peters was the first officer on scene at a property in Great Ellingham, near Attleborough, after police received a call that a man was going to kill his wife.

The officer, a dog handler, arrived at the remote farmhouse to find the man standing in the kitchen.

PC Peters could not see any trace of his wife and continued to try to speak to him, when he looked up and put his phone on the floor.

He then picked something up and the officer realised he was holding a sword in each hand - a Japanese samurai sword in one and a Katana sword in the other.

PC Peters shouted at him to put the swords down, but he ignored her and walked towards her with the swords in his hands.

She realised in this “heart stopping” moment that her dog was not with her and her colleagues had not yet arrived.

The officer used her pava spray and her personal safety skills, so she could restrain her attacker and safely handcuff him.

She restrained the man on the ground until the other officers arrived, who took him into custody.

PC Peters disarmed and detained this dangerous man, taking control of a very dangerous situation without injury to the man or herself and also prevented any harm to the offender’s wife and children, who were upstairs in the cottage.

Her actions following the incident, which happened at about 11pm on May 23 2017, have seen her nominated for an award at this year’s Police Federation Bravery awards.

At a ceremony last night PC Peters won the regional award for bravery.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey called her “an incredibly brave officer who richly deserves” the award.

The awards, now in its 23rd year, honours some of the finest officers in England and Wales who have performed incredible acts of bravery, while on or off duty.

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