A LONGRIDGE policeman who helped to disarm a violent male armed with two knives at a caravan park in the town has been recognised for his bravery.
PC Paul Meades' received a chief constable's commendation for 'outstanding bravery' from Lancashire's top cop, Steve Finnigan, at the force's recent 'Celebrating Excellence Awards'.
Together with another officer who was also commended for his bravery, PC Meades was called to the Beacon Fell View Caravan Park on July 15, 2007 after a call from an informant stating a man was being violent and making threats.
The officers found the man standing outside a caravan armed with a knife in one hand and a mobile phone in the other.
After ignoring requests to put the knife down, the man started to walk towards the open door of a caravan nearby, at which point - after spraying the man with PAVA, the officers rushed towards the man who was still holding the knife and tackled him to the floor.
The man violently resisted the officers and during the struggle the officers became aware of a second knife which had been hidden by the man's mobile phone and he was eventually restrained with handcuffs to both his wrists and ankles.
Police believe the incident could have had grave consequences and a police spokesman said: "The rapid intervention of officers prevented this incident escallating out of control. Their brave and selfless actions ensured that no members of the public were harmed by this violent and dangerous man".
PC Meades joined the Longridge beat over two years ago after moving from Blackburn where he had worked as both a response and community beat officer. Originally from Greater Manchester, he spent 18 months with the Metropolitan Police before joining Lancashire Police.
PC Meades received his commendation during a ceremony at Blackpool's DeVere Hotel which was sponsored by Organisation Development and Research Ltd and which saw 180 officers and staff from across the county receiving commendations or other internal or external awards for 'outstanding performance, dedication, bravery and enthusiasm'.