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North Yorkshire PC who tackled gunman wins bravery award
AN off-duty police officer who disarmed a gunman while shopping with her son at a supermarket has received a bravery award.
North Yorkshire PC Sara Widdrington won the North-East regional Police Bravery Award.
She was shopping with her son at Tesco on Westwood in Scarborough last November when a man pointed a pistol at the cashier serving her.
The terrified cashier ran away and PC Widdrington ran around the checkout area and grabbed the man’s hand, which was holding the pistol.
She lowered his arm so the gun pointed at the ground and asked him to drop it, but he refused. She told her son to leave the shop and asked a member of staff to call police.
She continued to restrain him for three to four minutes before a staff member silently mouthed to her; “shall we get him down?” and PC Widdrington mouthed “yes”.
She then kicked the man’s legs, taking him to the floor and restrained him until police arrived.
Last night (Thursday, October 17) she received a bravery award from Yvette Cooper MP before meeting Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May at a reception at 10 Downing Street.
PC Widdrington said she brought her son with her to the ceremony, who looked delighted at seeing his mother receive the award.
Chief Constable Dave Jones of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Her actions were truly commendable, she showed real courage and dedication whilst off duty, balancing personal risk with that of protecting the public and preventing crime.”
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