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Police officer's bravery was "beyond measure"

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(L-R): Chief Constable Mick Creedon, PC Mohammed Shakil and Police & Crime Commissioner Alan Charles

The bravery of Peartree PC Mohammed Shakil, who needed four hours of surgery after being violently attacked by an offender, was today commended by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles following this year’s Police Bravery Awards in London.

PC Shakil was nominated for his outstanding act of bravery when assisting another officer in February last year.

Commissioner Charles, who attended the awards ceremony along with PC Shakil and Chief Constable Mick Creedon commented: “His courage was beyond measure on that terrible night. Bleeding from a smashed cheekbone and fractured eye socket, he still stepped in to handcuff the man who was continuing to throw punches at another officer.

“PC Shakil’s experience is a stark reminder of the dangers our officers face, and the gratitude that we all owe them. My fervent hope now is for PC Shakil’s full recovery.”

The officer has now regained his full eyesight but part of his face remains numb. His attacker was jailed for two years at Derby Crown Court.

PC Shakil was one of 64 police officers from 38 forces who were nominated for last week’s annual awards run by the Police Federation and supported by Police Mutual.

This year there were three joint winners – two West Midlands police officers who disarmed a mentally ill man who had stabbed three worshippers at a mosque in Birmingham, and an off duty Metropolitan police constable who took on a violent street mob. They were presented with their awards by Home Secretary, Theresa May.

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Posted on Tuesday 3rd November 2015
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