Commendation for Notts Police officer who had bayoneted rifle pointed at his head

PC Matt Steel, left, was commended for bravery and is pictured with Chief Superintendent Mark Holland. (Photo: PS Chris Holloway)

A Notts Police officer has been recognised for bravery at an awards ceremony after a close encounter with a Second World War rifle.

PC Matt Steel was called to a flat in Kirkby-in-Ashfield in October 2016 along with other officers after concerns were raised for a man’s safety.

On entering the living room they came across the man, who was kneeling on his sofa pointing a Second World War rifle with a bayonet towards them.

Despite having no safe method of getting out, PC Steel and the others challenged the man, telling him to drop the weapon.

The man eventually put the rifle down after PC Steel instructed him several times and he was arrested safely.

The weapon was found to be decommissioned – but did have a bullet in the breech, or rear end of the barrel.

PC Steel, said: “I joined the force because I wanted an exciting but different career where I wouldn’t be stuck indoors all day. What I enjoy most about being a PC is every day being different.”

He added: “I felt proud that my colleagues thought highly enough of me to nominate me for a commendation.”

PC Steel and a fellow officer were commended for their bravery and tenacity at the awards ceremony held on May 10.


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