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Met Police officer who tackled gunman at University College Hospital wins bravery award

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A police officer who tackled a gunman threatening staff at a London hospital has won a bravery award voted for by Londoners.

PC Stevie Bull, 28, who confronted the suspect at University College Hospital in March last year was praised as “courageous, selfless and brave” at the Met’s Excellence Awards.

Pc Bull suffered a head injury after being thrown against a wall by the gunman, before managing to handcuff and arrest him.

The gun was later found to be a starter pistol, though she did not know it at the time.

Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick with PC Stevie Bull (Met Police)

Pc Bull, now a sergeant at Hackney, said:  “I just went for him. You just do not think about it, you deal with what is in front of you, that is what we are trained to do.”

She said : “I did not see the firearm until I walked around and saw him pointing it at a nurse.

“I also clocked there was a giant suitcase next to him and there were various things running through my head because of the terrorist threat. ”

She went on: “We rolled around on the floor and he smashed me against the wall but then security came to help and I managed to get him in handcuffs and get the gun away.

“It is very touching that that the public have voted for me but there are many others doing things like this all the time.”

Other officers who were honoured at the Met’s annual awards included the CCTV investigation team which tracked the suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning and who also reviewed footage following the Parsons Green bombing which led to the arrest of Ahmed Hassan.

A Counter Terrorism Command team involved in an operation to foil a plot to kill Theresa May in Downing Street won the award for “Investigators of the Year.’

College drop-out Naa’imur Rahman, 20, was jailed for 30 years at the Old Bailey last year after he was trapped in a major surveillance operation in which an undercover officer supplied the suspect with a fake suicide vest.

Scotland Yard said the operation was a “first” for counter terrorism policing in which a suspect was allowed to conduct reconnaissance on a target and then receive apparent explosive devices.

The police mortuary team that identified victims of the Grenfell fire and helped families view their loved ones’ remains were honoured with a victim care award.

The Police Officer of the Year award went to Detective Sergeant Arpan Vyas who helped set up the Violent Crime Task Force.

There were also awards to members of the public who volunteer for the Met.

Lorin LaFave, whose 14-year-old son Breck Bednar was murdered in 2014 by a paedophile he met gaming online, won volunteer of the year for her work in protecting children from online predators.

She created The Breck Foundation in the hope of educating as many parents and children as possible about internet predators and has worked with Tower Hamlets police cadets to deliver presentations in schools.

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