Police tackled man doused with petrol who was trying to break into a house in Wisbech with an angle grinder
PUBLISHED: 11:52 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:45 27 June 2017
Two police officers who prevented a man from harming himself and others have been nominated for a top police bravery award.
PC James Moore and PC Carl Stoppard will be among the winners at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards, which are being held next month in London.
In November 2014, five minutes before the end of their shift, the two officers were sent to an incident at a property in Wisbech.
A man doused in petrol was using a hand angle grinder to try to break into a house with his terrified partner and daughter inside.
PCs Moore and Stoppard made their way to a porch area where they noticed the floor was wet, slippery and covered in petrol. They saw the hand angle grinder with its blade still spinning and ready to use.
The officers located the suspect who had a lighter in a firm grip in his right hand and appeared ready to ignite it.
The officers were aware that Taser was not an option and instead distracted the man and swiftly grabbed his wrists and hands to be able to control him and get the lighter away. He was then restrained using two pairs of handcuffs.
As other officers arrived, PCs Moore and Stoppard searched the garden and found a green plastic fuel container on fire which was only 6ft away from the house and close to a stack of tyres and a wooden fence.
They moved the container away from the house and extinguished the fire using a garden hose.
Liz Groom, chair of the Cambridgeshire Police Federation, said: “PCs Moore and Stoppard conducted themselves with the utmost bravery and professionalism.
“Throughout the incident they were aware that even the smallest spark could have ignited the entire house and endangered lives.”
Stephen Mann, CEO of awards sponsors Police Mutual, said: “I am always astounded by police officers’ acts of bravery and my colleagues and I continue to be inspired by their dedication. They are a true inspiration and I feel privileged and humbled to be part of the Awards again.”
A man was arrested for arson with intent but eventually charged with a public order offence and later given a 12-month community order and supervision and restraining order against the victims.