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Ben Hudson honoured for Chloe West school stabbing bravery

Ben receiving his award
Image caption Ben said the incident was 'all a bit of a blur'

A teenager who intervened in a frenzied stabbing attack on a schoolgirl has been honoured for his bravery.

Ben Hudson stepped in when he saw fellow pupil Chloe West being stabbed on her way to school in Stourbridge, West Midlands, last April.

Samuel Gayzer-Tomlinson, 18, was ordered to serve 13 years in a young offenders institution for stabbing Chloe, his former girlfriend, 11 times.

Ben was one of several to be honoured in The BBC 999 Awards programme.

Det Ch Insp Wayne Jones, from West Midlands Police, said his actions helped save 14-year-old Chloe's life.

'True hero'

She was stabbed in the face and neck and airlifted to hospital, from outside Ridgewood High School, in a critical condition.

Gayzer-Tomlinson, of Turls Hill Road in Sedgley, admitted attempted murder and wounding.

The court heard he had become obsessed with Chloe and was devastated when their relationship ended weeks before.

Mr Jones said: "She was forced to the ground, and the subject of a repeated stabbing and assault.

Image caption Chloe has since undergone plastic surgery

"Luckily in this case, Ben Hudson, a local pupil at the school, intervened in that attack and in my opinion saved Chloe's life that day.

"In my opinion, Ben's a really true hero, he didn't think for his own safety.

"Obviously the police don't encourage people to intervene in these instants but without any thought for his own safety, he went and tackled the offender."

Ben, who was nominated for the award by his aunt, said it was "all a bit of a blur".

"I don't really remember thinking that I had to do something about it, I just, it kind of happened," he added.

He received several minor injuries to his hands as a result of his actions.

Aunt Kirstin Bullock said: "He believes that it just happened to be him that intervened and that he isn't anything sort of special, but actually what he did was special, and I think does need to be recognised."

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