TWO police constables were commended by the Chief Constable for their bravery and professionalism in safely arresting a violent man who attacked them at an address in Carlisle.

On May 6, Cumbria Police received a call from a man threatening violence, who said he wanted to assault or kill someone.

Police Constables Joe Tidmarsh and Jamie Long attended the man's home address and were immediately subjected to an unprovoked attack.

PC Long was punched in the face whilst PC Tidmarsh was pushed backwards with such force that both he and the offender fell down a flight of stairs.
Despite their injuries, both officers continued their efforts to detain the man and protect the public.

They were able to successfully subdue and arrest the man, who was subsequently charged with criminal damage and two counts of assault on an emergency worker.

He admitted the offences at court.

The Police Constables were nominated for their Chief Constable's Commendations by Chief Superintendent Matt Kennerley.

"Both officers demonstrated the spirit of being a constable, as well as a level of bravery and professionalism in the face of a violent individual, that few people are capable of.

"Their courage under extreme stress is highly commendable and resulted in a volatile situation, which began with an unprovoked attack, being resolved without either officer suffering serious injury," he said. 

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: "Our officers and staff go above and beyond to keep the public safe every day of the week and these awards are a snapshot which really highlight their selfless dedication to keeping the public safe."

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