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Saturday, 12 July 2014

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Off-duty Cumbrian police officer’s ‘sheer bravery’ rewarded

The actions of an off-duty police officer who put his life on the line to tackle a gunman were praised as “sheer bravery” at a national awards ceremony last night

Dennis Kelly photo
Dennis Kelly

Inspector Dennis Kelly was among officers honoured for their courage at the annual Police Bravery Awards in the City of London.

Insp Kelly stopped for petrol on the way home at the Spar shop in Curzon Street, Maryport, when he noticed a man wearing a hooded top. As the pair queued up for the cashier, the man pulled out what was thought to be a gun from his pocket and pointed it in the shop worker’s face.

Mr Kelly tackled the robber wrestled from him what turned out to be an imitation gun.

Chairman of the Police Federation Paul McKeever said last night: “Words cannot describe the sheer bravery it takes to tackle an armed robber with a gun.”

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