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PCC praises police officer who fought Buxton knifeman

A police officer who was injured when he overpowered a knife-wielding man to protect the public is to be formally honoured by Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Sergeant Trevor Steed will be presented with a certificate marking his bravery and outstanding public service almost a year to the day he put his life in danger in Buxton market place.

The presentation will form part of a special visit by the county’s PCC Hardyal Dhindsa to Glossop Police Station to meet the neighbourhood police officers who continually risk their safety to keep Derbyshire’s streets and communities safe.

Sgt Steed had completed a full shift on September 5, 2015, when he volunteered to go to Buxton market place following reports of a man acting suspiciously. When the officer and his colleagues arrived, they faced a man wielding a knife who quickly turned the weapon on Sgt Steed as he tried to intervene.

Defending himself from slashing attacks, Sgt Steed continually tried to calm the man down – suffering a wound to his arm in the process. During the ordeal, he managed to keep the knifeman occupied and safely away from members of the public until he was eventually cornered and surrendered the weapon. The attacker was later jailed for six years and Sgt Steed has since returned to full duties.  

Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m full of admiration for Sgt Steed’s bravery and selfless actions that day which brought this dangerous incident to a safe conclusion. Had the officer not intervened when he did, it could’ve been a very different story and it is testament to this officer’s courage that more people were not injured that night.

“Every day our officers put themselves in danger in the line of duty and go beyond what is expected to protect local people from harm. Sgt Steed’s actions are an example to all and I’m looking forward to personally honouring him for his exceptional response to the call of duty.”

ENDS

Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012

Posted on Tuesday 30th August 2016
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