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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Officers who took on gunman honoured at police bravery awards

Three unarmed officers who tackled a man threatening them with a handgun were honoured for their bravery on Thursday. The officers from the Northumbria force – a woman and two men – were the overall winners of this year’s Police Bravery awards, which give an insight into the dangers faced by law enforcement on the streets. Among others nominated were officers who ran into burning buildings, rushed into water, and saved suicidal people from killing themselves. Also honoured were the officers who rugby-tackled the extremist rightwing assassin who shot and stabbed Labour MP Jo Cox to death. This year’s awards came after the murder of an officer, PC Keith Palmer, as he defended parliament during a terrorist attack by Khalid Masood in March.


Fate of missing fisherman becomes police matter after search called off

The search for a missing fisherman who disappeared off the coast of Dumfries and Galloway has been called off, according to the Coastguard. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said Police Scotland were now dealing with the man’s disappearance. Search teams began looking for the fisherman on Wednesday at 11.15pm, after a boat was discovered close to a reef near the Isle of Whithorn.