Tayside Police officers commended for knife bravery
Four police officers have been praised for their bravery after they disarmed a knife attacker who had run into a crowd and taken a hostage.
The officers from Tayside Police were responding to a report of an assault in Forfar, Angus, when the suspect returned armed with a large knife.
He grabbed a hostage and held a knife to his throat before being disarmed.
PCs Diego Batard, Rod Hamilton, Innes Morrison and John Peddie received a Chief Constable's Commendation award.
Three of the officers were presented their certificates at a ceremony at the police station in Forfar. PC Peddie was unable to attend.
They were responding to a call in the town on 24 October 2010 when they were confronted by the man who swung his weapon at the officers, hitting PC Batard on the hand.
He then ran off into a nearby crowd and was chased by the four police officers.
A spokesman for Tayside Police said: "From within the crowd, the suspect grabbed another man, held the knife at his throat and threatened to stab him if officers approached.
"Constables Batard, Hamilton, Morrison and Peddie remained calm and spoke with him, doing their utmost to ensure the safety of all members of the public."
They eventually disarmed the man and arrested him using CS spray and police batons.
The spokesman added: "Constables Batard, Hamilton, Morrison and Peddie showed considerable bravery when dealing with a volatile and dangerous individual.
"As a result of their calm and professional actions, the matter was brought to a safe and successful conclusion."