Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds officers commended for disarming knifeman

Two sergeants who disarmed and arrested a knife-wielding man on rail tracks in Leeds, have been commended by British Transport Police.

Sgt Robert Pedley and Acting Sgt Mark Mowvley went to the tracks near Redcoat Lane in Kirkstall in August 2010 and tackled the man.

The two officers, along with West Yorkshire Police officers, arrested the man and took him into custody.

Image caption Chief Constable Andy Trotter paid tribute to the men's professionalism

Chief Constable Andy Trotter paid tribute to the men's professionalism.

At a ceremony in London, Mr Trotter said: "Their fast actions helped minimise any danger to the public.

"I am very proud to be able to congratulate and commend them for their brave actions."

Due to the incident, the railway line was closed, causing delays of over two-and-a-half hours.

Certificates of commendation are awarded by the chief constable to police officers, rail staff and members of the public who have shown special skill and resourcefulness.

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