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Harrow police officers nomination for national bravery awards
Police officers who suffered stab wounds have been nominated for a national bravery award.
PCs Shumal Haque, Alastair Hinchliff, Stephen Barker, Thomas Harding and Andrew Robb have all been nominated forthe national Police Bravery Award by the Metropolitan Police Federation.
Several officers were severely injured in the attack in Kingsbury in November 2011, with PC Harding receiving stab wounds to the head and stomach, which required the removal of one foot of his bowel.
Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation John Tully said, "It is remarkable that this incident did not conclude with the death of one or more police officers.
“The bravery of the officers who entered the butchers shop that day was outstanding, I am humbled by their stoic approach to the events in the face of such horrific injuries.
“This is an absolute example of police officers running towards danger when everyone else is running away.”
The five officers from Harrow were called to Kenton Road, in November 2011, following reports of a man shouting at members of the public.
They tried to talk to the man and restrain him but he then began throwing cans of food at them and then threw a breeze block at a police van.
The man then went into a Halal butchers shop where he armed himself with an eight-inch fillet knife.
As officers entered the shop after him with short shields the man attacked.
PC Harding fell onto his back and was stabbed by the man several times in the torso, with one of the strikes landing on his stomach, causing life-threatening injuries.
PC Robb was also stabbed in the leg while trying to help his colleague and PC Hinchliff was stabbed in the neck face and arm.
Other officers, including PC Haque, entered the shop and were eventually able to overpower the man.
He was later sentenced to be detained indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital under the Mental Health Act.
The winner of the police bravery awards will be announced later this week at a ceremony in central London.
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