18th July 2018

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The police officer killed in the Westminster terror attack and another who heroically battled terrorists at London Bridge have been honoured for their bravery.

The Metropolitan Police officers shared the top prize at this year’s Police Bravery Awards at Downing Street on Thursday.

Pc Palmer, 48, was knifed to death near the Palace of Westminster by Khalid Masood, 52, after the terrorist drove a rented 4X4 into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22 last year.

Pc Guenigault was out with friends after his shift and was on his way home when the London Bridge attackers ploughed a van into pedestrians before indiscriminately stabbing people at Borough Market.

Despite being unarmed, he ran towards them and was stabbed in the head, back and stomach.

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A man who left an officer fearing for his life after pushing him into the path of oncoming traffic on a busy dual carriageway faces the threat of jail.

The officer only avoided falling directly into the path of passing cars by grabbing hold of James McVey and spinning him round.

The 47-year-old builder was spotted by two Police Scotland officers on a 999 call running on the A90 near Tealing, north of Dundee, prompting them to double back due to fears for his safety.

They found McVey – who was on his way home from work – in a bus layby and tried to calm him down.

But instead he swore at a bus driver who pulled in to the layby before starting to walk towards the main road.

PCs David Gray and Kevin Steele followed him and grabbed him just as he got to the side of the 70mph A90.

The man, who last year avoided jail for assaulting a woman in a taxi, leaving her with permanent scars, then shoved PC Steele into the carriageway.

The officer only escaped contact the traffic by grabbing McVey and spinning him into the front of the bus.

A trial at Dundee Sheriff Court was shown CCTV footage from the bus, of the incident unfolding inches from speeding traffic.

One of the officers told the trial: “I was scared for my life. I felt the wind rushing past me”.

McVey claimed he had “just wanted to get home” when the incident unfolded and that the officers had been “aggressive” towards him.

He also claimed to have made a video call to his girlfriend as the incident went on to show officers had “kicked lumps” out of him.

However, the footage shown to the court showed no such call being made, and now McVey faces a prison term after a jury rejected his claims.

Prosecutor Saima Rasheed told jurors: “The accused walked away from the police towards the face of oncoming traffic.

“The officer put himself in the way of this gentleman.

“The accused struggled with Constable Steele and he pushed him, trying to push him into lane one of the carriageway.

“The only reason he didn’t end up on the road is that Constable Steele managed to spin them around and up against the bus.”

McVey, of Careston, Angus, denied a total of six charges. However, he was convicted of on four counts – breach of the peace, assault to injury and danger of life, police assault and resisting arrest committed on September 1 last year.

Sheriff Linda Smith deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released McVey on bail.

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Dundee murderer back behind bars after attacking police officers

Ian Gorthy was sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing Richard Preston, 28, to death with a massive Bowie knife in Dundee’s Blackness Road on August 12 2000.

He served just 11 years before he was released from prison in 2011 – moving back to the city where his crime was committed.

But now he is back behind bars after he lashed out at police officers sent to his home on January 28 this year to check on reports of a disturbance at the flat in the city’s Court Street North.

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