Brave officers to be honoured at national awards ceremony

Three courageous Dyfed Powys Police officers who tackled an armed man as he walked towards a town centre will be celebrated at the national Police Bravery Awards in London later this week.

PCs Lucy Morris, Nikita Matthews and Paige Morgan responded to reports that a man with mental health issues was drunk, issuing threats and “messing with petrol”.

A concerned family member made a call to the police explaining there was a man outside their property, acting erratically in possession of an air rifle.

When the three officers arrived at the house in Llandrindod Wells last October, the man pointed the rifle at them and forced them to back off.

While attempting to communicate with him, he continued to raise the rifle when they tried to approach.

Members of the public were in the area and the three officers were doing their best to keep them back but the man then began to walk towards the centre of the town.

PCs Lucy Morris, Nikita Matthews and Paige Morgan are off the London  for the Police Bravery Awards

PC Morris, who is also a Dyfed Powys Police Federation workplace representative, PC Matthews and PC Morgan took the decision to use their police vehicle to control the man.

This was done in as safe a way as possible and the suspect sustained a minor leg injury as a result.

Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb said: “These officers showed composure as well as bravery in dealing with this incident.

“The man was armed with an air rifle so this was potentially an extremely dangerous incident for members of the public, the police officers and himself.

“These officers should be very proud of the way they dealt with the situation and are fully deserving of this bravery award nomination.”

The Police Bravery Awards are organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales and will take place in London on Thursday (14 July). The annual awards honour some of the finest officers in England and Wales who have performed incredible acts of bravery, while on or off duty.

Winners of the eight regional awards will go forward for the overall national award.