West Yorkshire police officers who arrested Huddersfield armed killers nominated for National Police Bravery Awards Yorkshire News

In January 2020 PC Daniel Broderick, PC Elizabeth Brook, PC Anthony Dutton and PC Richard Knowles responded to reports of a man being attacked with a sword outside a pharmaceutical factory in Huddersfield.

He was being viewed in real time by a CCTV operator.

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Upon arrival, officers, armed only with conventional PPE, saw both attackers using a samurai sword to attack the victim.

PC Daniel Broderick, PC Elizabeth Brook, PC Anthony Dutton and PC Richard Knowles have been nominated for an award for their courageous actions.

The man had sustained unsurvivable injuries after the barbaric assault with a sword and knife.

The officers scared the teen offenders and then managed to chase them down, deploying a taser and pepper spray and taking both of them into custody, despite the offenders still being in possession of the murder weapon.

Officers then returned to the victim’s apparently lifeless body and attempted to revive him until paramedics arrived and the man was pronounced dead.

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Both teens were later convicted of the man’s murder.

It was learned that the victim and her colleague worked at the factory and had been confronted by a gang of youths who were raiding and were under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

A confrontation ensued, and despite the victim and his colleague attempting to defuse the situation, two of the teens attacked them with a Samurai sword.

The victim’s colleague had his hand cut off before he managed to escape. But the attack on the murder victim lasted eight minutes before the police arrived.

Kiyran Earnshaw, 18, and Luke Gaukroger, 16, admitted to the murder of Robert Wilson, 53.

In September 2020, Earnshaw was jailed for a minimum of 22 years and Gaukroger was ordered to serve 16 years and eight months.

PC Broderick, PC Brook, PC Dutton and PC Knowles have been nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards.

The awards honor officers from across England and Wales who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

West Yorkshire Police Federation President Brian Booth said: “Daniel, Elizabeth, Anthony and Richa are outstanding police officers and a credit to the uniform.

“Despite the horrific nature of what they found, these officers displayed an outstanding level of courage and selflessness in facing danger and apprehending the two individuals involved.

“At the time of this incident, PC Brook had only four weeks of service.

“The officers then went out of their way to do everything they could to provide CPR and support to the victim despite the horrific injuries they had inflicted on him.”

Brian added: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr. Wilson.”

In addition to being nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards, all four officers were presented for an in-force bravery award, plus two received the Division Commander Award and one received a Humane Society Award.

As nominees, PC Broderick, PC Brook, PC Dutton and PC Knowles will attend an award ceremony in London on December 9.

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