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As an ex-copper, I'm well aware of the hidden dangers facing Britain's
police officers. What starts off as an ordinary day on the beat can
suddenly turn into a life- threatening situation. In the week
of the Police Federation Bravery Awards, we meet the ordinary
officers who risk their lives to protect us. We hear stories of
their extraordinary courage, and join them on the street as they
continue to crack down on crime. This week, the courage and
dedication of ordinary police officers up and down the country
will be honoured at the Police Federation Bravery Awards. Standing
up to violent criminals on the streets is one of the toughest jobs
anyone can do, but it's all in a day's work for Britain's police
officers. Today, we'll uncover the extraordinary lengths they go to to
keep us safe. Coming up, off-duty PC, Matt Hunt,
relives the horrific moment he tackled a knife-wielding maniac in
a busy town centre. Any knife really I suppose, no matter how big
or small, can inflict serious wounds and injuries. A knife of the
size that he had at the time could have killed somebody.
Officers from Strathclyde Police crack down on Glasgow's rising gang
culture after a violent street fight erupts in the middle of the
city. All it needed was a random blow from one of those knives and
you would have had somebody lying on a mortuary slab.
And we follow Manchester's specialist proactive unit as they
crack down on drug crime. Police! Stay where you are! Turn round!
first, the heroic story of four unarmed Met Police officers. They
were on patrol in North London when a stop and search went dangerously
wrong. It was a warm spring day in March 2008. A team from the Met
Police's Territorial Support Group were driving around the city
streets on the lookout for criminals. We were posted to
Hackney borough for two weeks. We were tasked specifically with
dealing with local villains in the area, to try and stop them
committing crime. We was on mobile patrol in the Woodbury Down area in
Hackney. We initially noticed two young males walking towards us.
was a very warm day. However, one of them had a hood up partially
covering his face. The other gentleman had a woollen hat on.
driver beckoned them to say, "Hello boys, can you stop there, please?"
And that's when it started to go wrong. As soon as the young men
clocked the police carrier, they began to back away. PCs Michael
Carroll and Richard Cousins immediately went after them. They
didn't know it at the time but the two young men were in fact local
drug dealer Colton Sam and an accomplice. I just saw Mr Sam
walking away. I thought, oh, he's going to get rid of something, he's
going to drop something. I saw him reach up, pull the balaclava down.
I saw him reach inside his waistband. I thought it was just
going to be drugs, he's going to throw some drugs, watch him. Then
next thing I know, he's pulled the gun. And I'm thinking, he's got a
gun! He's got a gun! He's got a gun! That's all that's going
through my brain. The armed suspect stood facing PC Michael Carroll.
sort of froze. It was total shock, what I was looking at. And it was
then that he lifted the firearm up, aimed it directly towards me and
fired. Colton Sam at the time was only between seven and ten metres
away when he fired the first shot at me. I straightaway realised that
this is a very dangerous situation, and I can't get out of it. All I
can remember is looking down the barrel of the gun and seeing the
smoke coming out of the other end. Luckily for Michael, Colton Sam was
a poor shot. He then turned the firearm towards my colleague, PC
Cousins and discharged the second shot. To actually then hear that
bang, for a split second you're almost paralysed. As soon as you
see it's pointing at you, you sort see it's pointing at you, you sort
of go into a state where you become fixated, just staring at the
firearm. Another stroke of luck. The gunman missed again. I was
thinking, maybe a little bit of cover might help. But obviously the
side of the carrier, there's nowhere to go. The only place to go
was the floor. But before you know it, it was that quick. The shot had
been fired and it was over. suspect then turned and fled. An
extremely dangerous man was now loose on the streets of London, but
the unarmed officers didn't hesitate to chase after him.
shot at us. My feeling was, I need to get him, I need to arrest him.
It was like, OK, let's get out. Let's get after him. At the time
you are not thinking, I'm going to be brave, I'm going to chase him.
You get the adrenaline rush and you become fixated. After the officers
went after Colton Sam his accomplice ran from the scene,
never to be found. Colton Sam was still firing at the police.
police then fired down another side road, another police van was doing
burglary patrols and the foot chasers continued along the road.
By this time more officers had joined the chase. Despite the
danger of getting shot, PC prig by grappled the drug dealer down. --
Rigby. If I had lost sight by a mere seconds, when I caught up with
PC Rigby and Colton Sam there was a struggle happening. I was unaware
that the firearm had been discarded and I thought my colleague was
having a struggle with a male still armed with a firearm. We finally
got him detained and it was then we realised that the gun was thrown
into a flower bed. The police got the result they wanted but the
shoot-out could have ended tragically for at least two of the
officers. We were working as a team from the start. It is that which
saved us, because we kept putting Mr Sam under pressure. We put him
under pressure and he reacted, but because we did it, he couldn't take
proper aim. I think that's what saved us. Colton Sam got 30 years
for the attempted murder of Richard and Michael. Four of the officers
received a Blairry award for bringing in a gun-toting criminal.
You never dream one day you will come across somebody with a loaded
firearm and his only decision that day was to fire his way out of it.
It was scary. It is not the sort of thing you would want every single
day. It is not the sort of thing you -- think you would ever want
again, but unfortunately the people we were dealing with on a daily
basis, a lot of them routinely carry weapons, whether that be a
knife, a bat or a firearm. Unfortunately firearms are becoming
more common. Last year there were over 7,500 firearms offences in
Britain. More often than not gangs are responsible. Police up and down
the country are dealing with an increasingly violent gang culture.
It is not just in the capital. This is Glasgow, a city with a
population of around 600,000. Known for its amazing architecture and
grand historic monuments, as well as its tree-lined streets and
beautiful scenery. But for Strathclyde Police the picture is
very different. They see a city carved up into dozens of gang
territories. They are only separated by 56 metres of tarmac.
They have been fighting for generations. It is such a dangerous
place. In the last two years, police have made over 11,000
arrests linked to gang crime Strathclyde the most common weapon
of choice for gang members knives. I have never come across anyone
with a disguised knife or through axe or none chucks who haven't been
involved in some we with violence and assault using these weapons.
Antisocial behaviour and violence are infesting the city as 150 gangs
ballot for control of the streets. They are fighting and they are
fuelled by drink. That gives them Dutch courage, if you want. Every
day, officers like Detective Sergeant Steve put their lives on
the line as they try to keep a lead on Glasgow's growing gang warfare.
Back in 2009, Glasgow's gang problem reached crisis point.
Fighting spilled out on to the streets and violent schemes were
captured on CCTV. Detective Sergeant Stevie Cassenhorn explains.
This area is basically the territory of the Govan Young Team.
You see the man in a hooded top here. It is not until he gets on
the Shore Street that you become aware that he is dragging something.
Here he produce as baseball bat. That is used in the attack. He was
heading for another gang of youths who had just got out of a cab at
the other end of the street. individual who came from the taxi
and the other individuals who came from the top end of the street are
related to a team called the Wine Alyeah? Govan, which is not a
million miles from here but it is far enough away to be regarded as
another distinct area. The male from the taxi, who comes out of the
back and walks down the street, you see him Jess tick lating with his
hands. It was clear from the CCTV that they were armed with a machete.
If you look up you will see the CCTV camera. That was the principal
method of recording the events. He comes up to the top of the street.
As he comes up to the top of the street the other faction, if you
want to call them that, are coming down towards themselves. This is
where the fight itself occurs in this area here. You see them
running about the street and you will see more groups coming down
from this end to back up the faction that came from the taxi.
Thereafter you see the whole scenario unfolding on tape. What is
amazing about it, it is 9 o'clock at nine in Govan and there's a
full-scale battle running in the street. When I saw this I was
absolutely horrified. At the end of the footening, if you look at it
closely you will see a woman coming out pushing a buggy while this was
ongoing. There was no regard for the injuries they could have caused
each other. All it needed was a random blow from one of those
knives and would have had somebody lying on a mortuary slab. Police
could see all the gang members were armed with vicious weapons and
knives. Violent street fights like there are the reason why
Strathclyde Police sets up gangs task force to combat the rising
gang culture. And now Stevie is part of a team of 33 officers in
this specialist unit. They've found that children as young as 12 are
joining gangs, largely because it runs in the family. Alarmingly, the
majority of fights are over territory, as fellow task force
officer PC Blair Pettigrew explains. That area is Chapel, part of
Glasgow, and this is a council area, part of Clydebank. There's been
fighting between these two sides of the road. They are only separate
bid 56 metres of tarmac. They've been fighting for generations. It
is such a dangerous place. The added danger is they have got to
cross two dual carriageways to get to fight each other. Sometimes
simply crossing a road into another gang's patch is enough to spark a
fight. This kind of gang rivalry often leads to other crimes, like
drug taking, antisocial behaviour, and theft. PC Blair Pettigrew is
part of the gangs task force team, cracking down on gang crime. Most
gang fights lap at the weekend. It's a common problem and tonight
he is patrolling the streets, monitoring activity among Glasgow's
youth. It is a dangerous job but he's trained to deal with any
aggressive behaviour. You've got to go with your gut I think distinct.
If somebody came at me with a knife I would have to rely on the CS gas,
or I have my baton I can use to try a pre-emptive strike or block any
attack on me, and then use my handcuffs to arrest them. There is
always the chance that something might happen. Blair knows from
experience that the later it gets the more likely it is a fight will
It's only 6.30pm. You could imagine, in four or five hours' time, with
the alcohol they've been drinking. They come back, and there's
rivalries in the area. And they're only a short distance from each
other. There's always potential for violence when you see groups like
that. So it's important we are in the area, and it's important we
have a presence. There's uniformed cops out tonight as well to deter
them. It's now 8pm, and already groups of
young men are gathering at hot spots known for trouble. Blair and
his team will stop and search anyone suspected of carrying
weapons, drugs and alcohol. They spot a group of youths hanging
about outside a shop. The young men are co-operative, and allow Blair
to give them a once over. But They chase him. But he's nowhere to
Over in that area. There are some trees over my left shoulder. So
we've asked for the assistance of a dog unit which was nearby. The
police officers are going out there with a police dog, and are trying
to find a male. If he is hiding in the trees, I'm pretty sure the dog
It has been a troublesome night for Blair. A lot of anti-social
behaviour from young men and angry, drunk and disorderly gang members
keen to confront the police. Officers are open to all sorts of
risk in their work. But tonight, nobody is hurt. And being out and
about on streets is helping them keep tabs on gang activity, and
identify the ringleaders. All in all, six people have been seen in
some form by the task force. The stop and searches. And
intelligence regarding who is hanging about, and where. So we are
building into that bigger picture to ensure the next time we go out,
we know who we are looking for, and where we are looking for them.
But now, picture this. It is one thing tackling gangs with knives
when you've got back-up from your fellow officers. It's another when
you're on a night out with your mates.
July 2009. Off-duty policeman Matt was heading home through Redditch
town centre after an evening of drinking and clubbing with friends.
It was 1am. We decided we were going to make our way home. A few
people said they wanted to get some food. At which point, I saw a group
of males I recognised from my work in the area. I didn't pay too much
attention to them at first. I then saw another male with a knife. It
was tucked up his sleeve. I could clearly see the edge of the knife,
the tip. Two of the lads were having a go at the other two, as if
spoiling for a fight. He was very aggressive, there was a lot of
verbal abuse coming from him. Not aimed at us, but aimed at this
other group. It was quite clear that he was out to hurt someone
Matt was off duty. But a copper's instincts never switch off, and he
began to keep a close eye on the knife. He could see the young man
meant serious business. You don't know whether he's drunk, or on
drugs. You don't know what he's thinking. You don't know what's
happened prior to that, to make him come out with this kitchen knife.
But I knew I had to do something. Suddenly, two of the youths ran off.
The knifeman and his mate quickly chased after them. Sensing trouble,
Matt followed too. Obviously, I pursued, accompanied by one of the
lads I was out with. It was only then when I saw the knife brought
out, that I realised that he had a fair-sized knife on him. Any knife
really, it doesn't matter how big or small, can inflict some serious
wounds and injuries. A knife of the size he had could kill somebody
quite easily. Matt had no doubt that the knifeman was about to
attack the other two youths, or indeed anyone else that was in his
way. One of the group shouted out, "Hawaii Five-O!" which is a code
name for the police. At this point, the male turned, he recognised me
I'm pretty sure as a police officer. And he knew I was pursuing him. He
was brandishing a big knife, he was running at me and staring at me. So,
I kind of wondered where it was going to go. I just thought, I need
to stop this now. As the man came straight at him
with the knife, he had just seconds to react. But he stood his ground,
putting himself in grave danger. You've always got your training to
back you up. I used the old I hit him. The knife catapulted
into the air. I heard the knife swooshing. So I knew it was either
going to land on me, or not far from me. My concern was I didn't
want him to have that knife whilst I was so close to him. As the knife
landed, one of Matt's friends quickly snatched it away for
safekeeping. Using all his strength, Matt managed to pin the knifeman
down and keep him there for several minutes until back-up arrived.
There's nothing nicer than seeing officers coming to your aid. It's a
nice sight when you see the blue lights flickering around off the
buildings, and that pat on the shoulder. You know that you're OK.
Looking back on it, probably not the right thing to do. But
something just takes over, I think. You just feel you've got to do
something. But the consequences could have been a lot worse. I
might not be sitting here today. Matt took a huge gamble. But,
thanks to his brave actions, no one was hurt. The suspect got two years
for affray. While Matt deservedly got one of this year's Police
In 2008, there were over five fatal stabbings a week in England and
Wales alone. It is vital that the police get weapons off the streets.
Many of them are in the hands of gang members who are three times
more likely to carry a knife and other criminals. Earlier, we saw PC
Blair Pettigrew carrying out a stop and search patrol on the streets of
Glasgow as part of an operation to crack down on anti-social behaviour
As part of his job, PC Pettigrew has to deal with incidents of knife
crime all over the city. Over the past few years, his team have
seized hundreds of lethal weapons from Glasgow's gangs. This is just
a small selection of some of the weapons the task force have seized
since their creation a couple of years ago. You can see yourself it
is a horrific display of weapons that have, at some point, been on
the street and in the public domain. They go from home-made nunchucks
that have been made from two pieces of wood and a dog chain. To knives
out of something that looks like from a horror movie, a Rambo movie.
Home-made knives with a section cut off from a saw. And wrapped round
with plastic and Sellotape. That, at some point, has been a table leg,
a piece of furniture that has been taped up for the purposes of using
it. And you can see that they have scored their name on it, and the
initials of the gang they are attached to. This butterfly knife
is another article which we come across all too often. They are
prohibited weapons. You can see it folds up to prevent injury to the
person carried it. -- carrying it. You can see it is very thin. It can
be fitted inside a sock or into the waistband of trousers. And then it
can be accessed very easily by flicking it open and locking it in
place. Again, another deadly weapon. Officers like Blair are often on
the receiving end of these weapons. I was actually on my own. And an
individual came out from a homeless accommodation carrying a large
kitchen steel knife, and coming towards me. He tried to fight with
me when I was on duty. Luckily, I threw him off, using the safety
training and equipment I had. And my colleagues were not too far away.
Then he was arrested, subdued. He served a custodial sentence for his
actions. I can't begin to imagine the psyche of somebody who'd want
to arm themselves with a knife going on a night out. I understand
individuals come from different areas, there are territorial
battles, gangs and fighting. I'm not condoning it in the slightest.
But I can't understand why somebody would then go to the next level and
carry a knife. It's amazing the number of times you've been to an
incident where a knife has been used. Somebody's been assaulted,
and it's actually their own knife they've taken out with them. It's
been taken off them, and been used in a serious assault on them.
Blair and the gangs taskforce often come across youths fighting for the
sake of it. For them, it's just something to do. But sometimes,
turf wars break out over more serious issues. Like drugs.
For Detective Sergeant Stevie Cassenhorn, stamping out drug
dealing is a crucial part of the team's work.
Good morning everybody, thanks very much for turning up. Obviously,
we've an operation, a drugs operation, and we are releasing
Operation Fleet this morning. the last few months, he's been
gathering covert evidence on drug crime, and is now preparing to raid
a house in the local area. Today, the police are hoping to
arrest someone they suspect is selling heroin. The intel suggests
she's receiving an order of drugs approximately 8:30am every morning.
She's dealing from the house, and she's going down to the hotel and
dealing from there. The rest of us will take up a position in Berkeley
Street, just around the corner. Surveillance suggests there might
be a dog in the flat. So, just in case, the specialist dog handler is
drafted on to the team. The most important piece of kit we use is
this, to take control of the dog. The other piece of kit we use is
this electric shield. The shield itself has a battery which is
equipped to give out 50,000 volts, the equivalent of a police taser.
There have been occasions where a dog has managed to get around the
shield, and start biting your feet and legs. So you have to be
relatively quick to get the dog under control. Any delay in that
could cause you or one of the officers serious injury. Stevie and
the officers have been given specific information on the
suspected drug dealer. It's powder drugs we're dealing with, according
to intelligence. So, as soon as we start making any noise outside the
door, that could alert people inside, and they may attempt to
dispose of it. The powder could be flushed down the toilet or thrown
from the window. So we cover the front and the back of the building
as best we can. And put a team to the door. Get the door in as quick
as we can. And just control the occupants. The police hope that the
intelligence is correct. But they don't always get it right. They can
never fully predict what the situation will be on the other side
of the door. You always get a bit of adrenalin. You really don't know
what will be behind that door. And you're concentrating on working as
a team, to control it first off. And once you have got that control,
it goes into slow motion a wee bit. Because you can deal with the
situation then. Everything is under your control. That's the single
biggest thing you've got to It is 9am, and Stevie and the team
of officers arrive at the flat. One of the officers has an enforcer to
break down the door. And the dog handler is right behind him just in
case they have to deal with the dog inside. What you can hear there,
you can see the door is forced. You can hear the dog barking. The
shouts of, "Clear!" the officers are checking the rooms to ensure
that there are no other occupants. You can hear that dog just now. I'm
concerned that the door is open, so if it comes out and bites people,
we will be out of here. But it seems to be all right. All I can
hear is one female voice in there, and no other raised male voices. So
it tends to suggest that the intelligence is probably spot on,
and it's just her inside the house. There is a woman in the flat, but
the expected heroin isn't there. This time, the intelligence is
wrong. You can see the marks where the enforcer was used this morning.
There is no evidence of dealing in the flat. So Detective Sergeant
Cassenhorn leaves the scene. There's been no controlled drugs
found. Although there was a fair bit of paraphernalia, indicating
that they are involved in the use of controlled drugs. But
effectively no offences have been detected under the Misuse of Drugs
Act 1971. So, the team have now moved away from that location.
Thankfullly for Detective Sergeant Cassenhorn, this time the operation
passed off without injury. Last year, there were nearly 4,000
assaults on police officers in Strathclyde. That's twice as many
as in London. There are now more and more police specifically
trained to combat serious crime, as It is 7am, and a team of specialist
officers are preparing for a drug raid on a house in the Manchester
area. The intention today is to execute a
search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The intelligence to
support the warrant indicates that there is a cannabis farm at the
address. The intention today is to attend the address, and to make a
rapid and dynamic entry into the premises. Intelligence also
indicates that there may be dealing from the address. So we may have
loose cannabis. So, before they can dispose of it, we want to gain
entry and detain all occupants inside. So, in five, ten minutes,
ready to rock and roll, and we'll get kitted up. This proactive unit
was set up in 2009 to tackle increasing violent crime across
north Manchester. These guys have had expert training
to deal with any situation they come across. There's been incidents
before in the past, where officers have been confronted with a booby-
trapped house and rooms. These can range from windows and doors being
electrified. You have serrated blades being secreted in door
handles, they are behind light switches which again can cause
injury. We have also had a large number of weapons found in cannabis
farms where offenders to try to Each day these officers are
entering unknown territory, so they are fully kitted up with protective
clothing just in case they find themselves on dangerous ground.
are putting on a Kevlar kit, which is covering your major arteries.
We've got a top and a bottom covering your major arteries, to
ensure that if there are issues with glass we are not seriously
injured. Over the past few years, Manchester's police have noticed
the steady increase of cannabis farms emerging across the city. Now
many of their raids are targeting this serious problem. Cannabis
farms are becoming more prominent, because of the revenue they can
create for criminals. A good grow with reap thousands of pounds worth.
They can be set up relatively cheaply in something as small as a
two up, two down terraced house. fact a small-time dealer with make
anything up to �50,000 or more in just a year. Over the past few
months, Manchester police have been gathering evidence against
suspected drug dealers. Now the proactive unit have a good idea of
what to expect and are fully prepared. Potentially we may come
across a few problems in the address, trying to detain the
occupants of the address. Each raid is strategically planned and each
officer has an important role to play. Two officers hold the
battering ram, known as a double ram-it, while the four remaining
officers follow closely behind. Police! Stay where you are! Turn
round! Two occupants have been located inside the address, one the
subject of a warrant. He was in bed. A cursory search of the premises
incates there's a cannabis farm in the loft, where one of the suspects
were located. The team of officers start searching the house for
hidden drugs. Nothing is left unturned. What we've got up here in
the loft conversion appears to be cannabis, which is under
cultivation. A small set-up. 10 or 12 mature cannabis plants.
officers unearth detailed notes on how the plants are grown. What
appears to be his diary. He's prosecution his cannabis. It takes
roughly three months to get the harvest. It looks like he has taken
measurements. 4ml to bloom, 1ml to boost, 1 to force bud. Raiding and
searching a property occupied by suspecting criminals carries all
sorts of potential dangers, as an officer explains. I remember one
time we got called to a domestic. We had colleagues at the scene. We
had to get him on the floor. During the struggle myself and a colleague
were bit. It transpired the gentleman was HIV-positive. Due to
that I will to receive four weeks of antiviral medication, which made
me extremely ill and had to take five weeks off work. At the time
you get on with it. It is not until I got home and started explaining
the situation to family members it kind of sink in, that, potentially,
even though it is a low risk, die have contracted a disease I've got
to spend the rest of my life living with, and the effects of that on
myself and my family. Elsewhere the officers continue to make a
thorough search of the house for any further evidence of drug
cultivation. This is a really simple set-up really. Bin liner
material, white-side in to keep the heat in, and reflect the light. The
fan to circulate the air and the fan to take away the aroma.
Sleeping in the room as well, so he doesn't want that too much. There
is quite a basic one, but it does the job, as you can see. We are
going to destroy it now and stop him from using it. It turns out
that the the loft has been converted into a small cannabis
farm. It is an awkward space, which goes to show the lengths people
will go to cultivate drugs. It's been a successful raid, but that
doesn't necessarily mean that the person growing the plants will get
prosecute. The male is in custody now. We don't know what he is going
to say on interview. From past experiences you tend to find a lot
of people argue the toss that they are growing it for their own
personal use rather than supplying it, because it carries a lesser
sentence when it gets to court. Obviously, it is for us to seize
other items, other bits of drug paraphernalia, snap bags and scales.
Things like that contribute to the fact that he may be distributing it
to other people. But finally the officers believe they've got enough
evidence to make an arrest. If found guilty offenders are looking
at up to 14 years in prison. It's often said that police work is
99% routine and 1% pure terror. You never know when a routine call-out
will turn into a life or death situation. When it does, that's
when your instincts and training really kick in. For West Midlands
PCs Rak and Curt their regular patrol through the streets of
Coventry started like any other. had our routine. I was partnered
with my colleague, PC Ray. We saw smoke and flames in an upstairs
window. Normally when we come across a house fire we would call
the Fire Brigade and wait for them to arrive. But we were concerned
that somebody may be trapped. By the time the Fire Brigade got there
the person inside may not have survived. The Fire Brigade were
coming but were minutes away. Instinctively and without thought
for their safety the PCs dashed towards the burning building
Rpblgts Anybody there? Police;; Anybody there! Police! At that time
we didn't even think about any burns, or suffering smoke
inhalation or anything that was going to happen to us. Maybe it was
just an adrenaline rush. We needed to do what we had to do. Hello?
Police! And we heard a noise from the left-hand side, from the stair
way. I can't breathe! When we got closer I could see a bloke
stumbling down the stairs, disarrangementsated. He couldn't
see where he was going or what he was doing. I thought, what are we
going to do if there is somebody else up stairs?, because the smoke
is very thick. There was no time to lose. Toxic smoke kills more people
in house fires than the fire itself. Every second of exposure put Ray
and curt at risks of losing consciousness, and even being
killed. The courageous cops needed to get the man out fast. Ray took
one arm, I took the other arm. We didn't know the layout of the
building, so we took him out of the front of the house, and a safe
distance from the house, across the road. Ray and curt got the man out
in the nick of time. It was evident he was suffering from smoke
inhalation. We had to check whether anybody else was in the address.
The dog. He told us there were two dogs but we weren't convinced there
was knowing else in there. He was quite clearly disorientated. Then
in an extraordinary act of courage the PCs decided to go in again and
check for more people, even though the blaze was getting fiercer.
smoke was clearly getting thicker. It was very hot inside. We went in
slowly together, and ushered the dogs out. To be fair, I think they
were quite keen to get out of the property that. Assisted us greatly.
We came back out and asked if anybody else was back in the
address. That the point he told us his pet bird was inside. By this
point the fire was raging out of control. The house might collapse
at any moment. Take a deep breath. But going beyond the call of duty
Ray and Curt made a split second decision to go back into good house
one more time. Windows were smashing. The room in which the
bird was in was directly where we had seen the flames, so I was
conscious of the ceiling of that room and the flooring of the room
above where the fire started, collapsing. Smoments later, the
Fire Brigade arrived -- moments later, the Fire Brigade arrived.
The whole rescue had only taken 7 minutes. If the structure had
become more unstable perhaps we wouldn't have got out. I don't
think myself, Ray, my colleague, or the gentleman and his pets would
have got out, so I think somebody was looking down on us that day.
Looking back at things now, it could have ended bad for us. We
could have died. We may not have maid it out of that house, but at
the time I didn't think like that. I'm sure if the situation happens
again we would go and do it again. There is no doubt their courageous
actions that day saved a man's life. I think if we hadn't been passion
at the time we did and saw the fire when we did, I think it is
questionable whether the man would have got out. According to the
ambulance, a few more minutes and he wouldn't have made it.
Astonishingly when the drama was over, Curt and Rahan carried on
with the rest of their shift. For their part in saving a man's life
they've both been nominated for a Chief Constable's Commendation.
Next time on Britain's Bravest Cops, we retell the story of a lone
police officer who con fronts a violent burglar in a dark alley.
All I could see as I looked up was the hammer above my head. I really
thought he was good going to hit me with it. He could have caved my
head in. PC Nick Peters launches a series of dawn raids against
suspected drug dealers in Northamptonshire. Police!
Strong intelligence shows that drug dealing has been taking place at
As Britain's most courageous police officers are honoured in the Annual Police Federation Bravery Awards, Britain's Bravest Cops tells their stories and highlights the day-to-day bravery of officers on the frontline. Each episode reconstructs extraordinary acts of heroism and follows police units up and down the country in hazardous operations as they crack down on crime.