30th November 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

30th November 2018

A HERO police officer has been recognised for his bravery after tackling a knife-wielding thug attempting to set fire to the Scottish Parliament. Detective Constable Glynn Powell bravely disarmed Piotr Swiatek, who was jailed for 30 months in October for pouring fuel on wooden posts before pulling out a large kitchen knife. Quick-thinking Powell, 49, ran out of the entrance hall of the Parliament to tackle Swiatek and pin him to the ground in the incident on March 24, two days after the first anniversary of a terror attack at the UK Parliament in Westminster which left 48-year-old police officer Keith Palmer and four pedestrians dead. And last night, Det Con Powell, from Edinburgh, was recognised for his extraordinary actions at the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) Bravery Awards.


Throughout the month of December, as part of Operation Respect, there will be high visibility police patrols in the city centre in the daytime and overnight to provide reassurance to shoppers and revellers. The campaign now in its 10th year, is part of a year-long campaign with partners including Inverness BID, Highland Council, the British Red Cross and Inverness Street Pastors wants to make sure that people out and about in the city for Christmas shopping, or for parties are able to do so in a same environment. Inspector James Rice, Police Scotland, said: “The overwhelming majority of people simply want to go out, enjoy themselves and get home safely at the end of the night. From a policing perspective be rest assured we will be doing everything we can to ensure the minority does not spoil it for others.”


Constables Lynn Cameron and Craig McFarlane forced their way into a burning flat by kicking the door down and go the resident out of the building. During the rescue, PC Cameron had to remove her body armour to crawl into the smoke-filled flat, and feel her way to the woman. The two officers received an award for their efforts to save the life of the vulnerable woman who had set fire to her home in March. With other residents at home in the building, the officers quickly got them to safety before forcing entry into the flat, by kicking the door down.


Among them were four police officers from Greenock, who attended an incident where a man carried out a vicious and frenzied knife attack. Seven police offers formed a human chain to hold on to a young man who had jumped into the River Irvine. And four others stopped a man from jumping from the 12th floor window of a block of Coatbridge flats. They were from a group of 22 police officers honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony held by the Scottish Police Federation last night.


A police officer nicknamed the “Holyrood Hero” has been recognised for his brave actions in tackling a man who was trying to set fire to the Scottish Parliament. Detective constable Glynn Powell was presented with an award at the Scottish Police Federation Bravery Awards today (Thursday). During the incident at Holyrood, which took place on 24 March, Powell thought nothing of his own safety as he ran outside to confront a male supect. The man is then said to have pulled out a large knife and started making threats before the officer wrestled him to the ground and disarmed and restrained him.


A courageous police officer who stopped a woman from throwing herself off a bridge on to a busy motorway has received a bravery award. Constable Ian Ross from Forth Valley Division was one of 22 fellow officers recognised at the Scottish Police Federation Bravery Awards tonight. His “incredible” efforts to save the life of a vulnerable woman who was intent on throwing herself off a bridge over the M9 motorway between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The incident took place in April this year. Constable Ross responded to a call from a member of the public saying that a woman was sitting on the ledge on the outside of the bridge, with her legs dangling over the edge and holding on with one hand to the railings.


The Scottish Police Federation celebrated the bravery of 22 exceptional officers at a prestigious awards ceremony in Edinburgh yesterday. The Federation’s fourth annual awards dinner honoured those who had performed outstanding acts of bravery whilst on or off duty. Four police officers from Greenock who attended an incident where a man carried out a vicious and frenzied knife attack, which left two of them seriously injured, won the overall award for heroic and selfless actions to disarm and restrain the attacker and to protect others.


Two police officers who were stabbed on duty have received further recognition for their bravery. Constables Laura Sayer and Kenneth MacKenzie were attacked after going to a house in Greenock, Inverclyde, on June 1 to assist an NHS partner in a mental health assessment. William Taylor lashed out and stabbed Mr McKenzie several times in the neck and body as he tried to disarm him. Ms Sayer was also stabbed in the neck and suffered nerve damage to one of her hands, just months after starting with the force.



Two officers hurt in crash with stolen Porsche

Two police officers have been injured in a road accident in Glasgow after their police vehicle collided with a stolen Porsche.  The men were treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital following the crash in Fulton Street at about 00:10 on Thursday.  The occupants of the Porsche were also taken to hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.  A 26-year-old man and 22-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the incident.



Two police officers stabbed on duty recognised for bravery

Two “exemplary” police officers who were stabbed on duty have been recognised for their bravery with a top award. Officers Laura Sayer and Kenneth MacKenzie won the overall Scottish Police Federation Bravery Award for their actions after they were attacked going to a house in Greenock, Inverclyde, on June 1.  They had been called to assist an NHS colleague who was dealing with a mental health assessment.



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