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Officer cops bravery gong

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

HONOUR: PC Ashley Risby receives his award from Met Police area commander for Bexley, Tony Dawson.

HONOUR: PC Ashley Risby receives his award from Met Police area commander for Bexley, Tony Dawson.

AN OFF-DUTY police patrol officer who helped arrest two men who crashed a car and threatened to stab him has been commended for his bravery. PC Ashley Risby, from North Kent Police, received a Bexley borough commander s award for his actions in tackling

AN OFF-DUTY police patrol officer who helped arrest two men who crashed a car and threatened to stab him has been commended for his bravery.

PC Ashley Risby, from North Kent Police, received a Bexley borough commander's award for his actions in tackling and detaining armed and aggressive offenders.

He received the Metropolitan Police award at Bexley Police Station on Friday for his actions during a disturbance close to his home in Welling.

Tony Dawson, area commander for Bexley, said: "The actions of PC Risby are a credit to the service. He went beyond the call of duty in tracking and detaining suspects at risk to his own personal safety when weapons had been seen.

"His actions resulted in the arrest of three individuals - one of which was removed from the streets with two large knives."

On Friday, May 16, at about midnight, PC Risby was off duty when he heard a loud crash and saw a car being driven into the garden wall of a neighbour's property. He went outside and identified himself as a police officer, quickly establishing that two men had made off from the abandoned car.

Having gained descriptions, he gave chase on foot and successfully detained one of the men who had been drinking. The second man then appeared and was also drunk and aggressive, threatening to stab PC Risby as he attempted to hold him.

Both then managed to struggle free and ran off disappearing into an alleyway.

At this point the officer noticed a group of youths he recognised as having been at the scene of the accident, some of which appeared to be armed with metal bars.

He pointed out one of the group to a colleague who arrested him, but only after he had dumped two large kitchen knives onto the pavement.

He finally returned to the scene of the accident where the registered keeper of the crashed car was able to identify the two suspects who had run off earlier. Both were arrested.

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