Two Mildenhall police officers nominated for bravery award

Two police officers based in Mildenhall, Rebecca Gardiner and Paul Osmond, nominated for national Police Bravery Award.
Two police officers based in Mildenhall, Rebecca Gardiner and Paul Osmond, nominated for national Police Bravery Award.

Two police officers based in Mildenhall who stopped a man from stabbing himself to death have been nominated for a national bravery award.

Pcs Rebecca Gardiner, from Thurston, and Paul Osmond responded to a call on July 3 2012 requesting assistance at a road traffic collision where one car had made off from the scene.

After finding the driver apparently under the influence of alcohol at an address in Newmarket, they administered a breath test which was positive.

While at the address the man pulled a kitchen knife from a drawer and began stabbing himself in the stomach, before turning the blade on the officers.

Rebecca, 28, who joined the police station in Mildenhall six years ago, said: “He was being awkward, but not aggressive. Then out of nowhere he goes into the kitchen drawer and grabs a big old knife.

“He just turned into a complete animal, trying to stab us.

“I think it really was just our training kicking in. If I had not had the training I’ve had I don’t think I would have reacted in that way, but a lot of it is instinct and common sense.”

Rebecca described the incident as ‘bizarre’, but said it was ‘just a job’ for her and Paul, who managed to handcuff the man before back up arrived.

“In all of it we had saved his life. and that made me feel quite elated after,” she said.

“With this job you know what you are signing up for and the situations you are going to be in. That is why I joined up, to help people.”

Rebecca and Paul will join officers from across the country at the national Police Bravery Awards in London on October 16.

Of the nomination Rebecca said: “We are so shocked, and totally flattered and honoured to have been nominated. It is just lovely to be involved.”

Suffolk Police Federation chairman Matt Gould said: “Clearly these officers were faced with a dangerous and difficult situation.

“Without thought for their own safety, they managed to bring about a safe conclusion. They have acted with great bravery.”