Harrow Police officer Ian Bullimore commended for tackling robber while off-duty

Police Constable Ian Bullimore (R) with Assistant Commissioner of Territorial Policing, Helen King (L)

Police Constable Ian Bullimore (R) with Assistant Commissioner of Territorial Policing, Helen King (L)

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A police officer has been commended for chasing and catching an armed robber while he was off-duty.

Police Constable Ian Bullimore, from Harrow Police, received the commendation for his actions from assistant commissioner of territorial policing Helen King at New Scotland Yard.

In March 2013 PC Bullimore was in a taxi travelling across London when he saw fellow officers struggling with two men on the ground and stopped the journey to get out and help.

One of the men broke free and without thought the off duty officer chased after the man, who had discarded a number of axes, and managed to tackle home to the ground in Piccadilly Circus.

The suspect was eventfully jailed for seven years for his involvement in a £1 million smash and grab at Selfridges.

PC Bullimore said: “"It was a very proud moment receiving the award, especially in front of my parents, both of whom were Metropolitan Police officers.

“I believe it is something that all of our colleagues in the service would have done when witnessing colleagues on the street requiring assistance."

Harrow Borough Commander Simon Ovens said: "PC Ian Bullimore was off duty at the time, but he acted without any thought for his own safety, to assist in detaining a man believed to be involved in an armed robbery and who posed a significant risk to the public.

“Ian’s quick thinking and action have upheld the core values of the Metropolitan Police Service, for which this officer has shown he is a true ambassador.”

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10:47am Thu 10 Jul 14

jackdaw says...

it is good to know that we have an officer of that calibre in Harrow police force. he definitely deserves the commendation.
it is good to know that we have an officer of that calibre in Harrow police force. he definitely deserves the commendation. jackdaw
  • Score: 6

12:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

"A police officer is never off duty"---how well PC Bullimore has demonstrated this to us.It's so easy for us to assume everything they do is part of their job.We take them for granted.

However,when you consider how this young man,put himself in harm's way,without even considering the risks to his own life, just to ensure "a result",we cannot but be filled with total admiration for his courage and selfless dedication to uphold the policing oath.

Delighted his genuine love of policing,in the best traditions,has been recognised and he has received this commendation at the Yard from AC Helen King,who visited Harrow,only recently.I am sure he will tell you "he was only doing his job" when he went well beyond the call of duty.

Harrow is truly lucky to have officers of this calibre.He is one of our many UNSUNG HEROES!

Particularly pleased to know his parents,also former Metropolitan Police officers,had the pleasure of seeing their son honoured at the Yard.Hearty congratulations to PC Bullimore.So proud of you!
"A police officer is never off duty"---how well PC Bullimore has demonstrated this to us.It's so easy for us to assume everything they do is part of their job.We take them for granted. However,when you consider how this young man,put himself in harm's way,without even considering the risks to his own life, just to ensure "a result",we cannot but be filled with total admiration for his courage and selfless dedication to uphold the policing oath. Delighted his genuine love of policing,in the best traditions,has been recognised and he has received this commendation at the Yard from AC Helen King,who visited Harrow,only recently.I am sure he will tell you "he was only doing his job" when he went well beyond the call of duty. Harrow is truly lucky to have officers of this calibre.He is one of our many UNSUNG HEROES! Particularly pleased to know his parents,also former Metropolitan Police officers,had the pleasure of seeing their son honoured at the Yard.Hearty congratulations to PC Bullimore.So proud of you! Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 2

9:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Cllr Susan Hall says...

Harrow Police - the best in the Met - thanks to all of you, you all do an incredible job.
Harrow Police - the best in the Met - thanks to all of you, you all do an incredible job. Cllr Susan Hall
  • Score: 2

8:38am Mon 14 Jul 14

pravinshah1 says...

Susan Hall at least something to comment about.
Susan Hall at least something to comment about. pravinshah1
  • Score: -3

10:31pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Yogesh says...

It is nice to know that people care about our Police force and praise them for their commitment and dedication. Let's continue and be more positive towards those who take time to comment in an appropriate manner.
It is nice to know that people care about our Police force and praise them for their commitment and dedication. Let's continue and be more positive towards those who take time to comment in an appropriate manner. Yogesh
  • Score: 2

1:03am Thu 17 Jul 14

jackdaw says...

Pravin Shah

Why did you not comment on the bravery and heroism of the officer instead of using the comment column to have a rant at a political opponent who you dislike?
Pravin Shah Why did you not comment on the bravery and heroism of the officer instead of using the comment column to have a rant at a political opponent who you dislike? jackdaw
  • Score: 1

2:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Just a distraction,I expect.Must not allow ourselves to get side-tracked and forget the commendable acts performed by our police.They deserve our support and appreciation.So let's put pettiness aside and be generous.
Just a distraction,I expect.Must not allow ourselves to get side-tracked and forget the commendable acts performed by our police.They deserve our support and appreciation.So let's put pettiness aside and be generous. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 1

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