Policeman awarded £300 for bravery

CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM A police officer from King's Lynn who disarmed a woman who had barricaded herself into her flat armed with two knives was yesterday given £300 out of the public purse for his bravery.

CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM

A police officer from King's Lynn who disarmed a woman who had barricaded herself into her flat armed with two knives was yesterday given £300 out of the public purse for his bravery.

Judge Paul Downs commended PC Andrew Wise for the very efficient way he handled the situation when confronted by 40-year-old Samantha Ainley who had barricaded herself into her flat at Anthony Nolan Road on the Fairstead Estate after making threats to a man in her flat.

Norwich Crown Court heard that PC Wise talked to Ainley through an open window and got her to drop both the knives before going into the flat to arrest her.

Ainley admitted affray on July 8 this year. Malcolm Robins, prosecuting, said Ainley had barricaded herself in her flat after threatening to stab a friend Geoffrey Dance. Mr Dance managed to escape from the flat but Ainley refused to put down the two knives and continued to make threats when police arrived.

She told police that she wouldn't speak to anyone except PC Wise who was then sent to the scene. He spoke to her through an open window and persuaded her to put down one of the knives but she then threatened to stab herself in the leg. Mr Robins said: “He talked to her and pacified her and the other knife was then put down.”

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PC Wise then went into the flat and arrested her. The court heard that Ainley had a number of previous convictions for violence including threatening someone with a knife and a charge of false imprisonment. Steven Spence, defending, said: “She is a woman who is very vulnerable and she was in an agitated state at the time.” He added: “There was a degree of attention seeking in her behaviour.” Judge Downs adjourned sentence until October 30 for further assessment into what danger Ainley posed.

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