Tracing the man responsible for a vicious hammer attack and dealing with the aftermath of a stabbing has led to commendations for police in Harrow.

More than 40 police officers received awards from borough commander Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens in the historic Old Speech Room at Harrow School, in Harrow-on-the-Hill today.

Speaking to the Harrow Times, Chief Supt Ovens praised his officers for their dedication, bravery and hard work.

He said: “I am extremely proud to give out these commendations to the officers of the borough who work extremely hard.

“I think the stories we have heard show the level of dedication from officers in Harrow and I have nothing but admiration for them.”

One of those to be awarded was Police Sergeant Kay who received commendation for tenacity and professionalism during an investigation into a hammer attack outside a Wealdstone pub last year.

Through his work tracing CCTV and broadcasting the investigation on the BBC television show Crimewatch, he was able to identify and arrest the suspects.

Speaking to the Harrow Times Sergeant Jamie Kay said: “It is great to be recognised. A huge amount of work went into the case and getting a conviction means it all paid off.”

Police Constables Steve Carruthers, Josh Cohen, Mark Palin, Brian Hailstone and detectives Rob Gray, Will Ridler, Janine Stevenson and Ruby Kadiri were all awarded for their work after a violent stabbing in Hindes Road.

Officers attended the scene to reports of a domestic incident in which a woman and a man had received serious stab wounds.

Responding officers were able to save the lives of the pair and detectives gathered evidence needed to jail the man for 15 years for attempted murder.

Borough commander Simon Ovens said: “I think the Hindes Road incident shows the tremendous work of all the officers involved in that case.

“The first responders showed immense courage when they first arrived at the scene and our detectives did an amazing job in making sure the offender was put behind bars for a very long time."