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A Metropolitan Police officer who was violently attacked with a sword but still managed to arrest the attacker despite being slashed has been nominated for The National Police Bravery Awards

PC Aksit Ekrem was on the response team in Dagenham on the evening of 30 November 2020 when a call came in for him and his partner to attend a domestic incident where a woman reported a male in his sixties behaving violently.
When they arrived at the property, they were greeted by a young lady who informed them that her boyfriend’s father had been abusive, threatening them and slapping her boyfriend. The officers entered the house, but the older man’s wife, who appeared to be inebriated, attempted to obstruct them.
“I went into the living room and there’s this little frail old man sitting in the corner,” PC Ekrem explained. He’s just sitting at the table, saying nothing and doing nothing. ” My colleague went into the kitchen to speak with the girlfriend who had called us, so I decided to arrest him and begin issuing the caution to him. “I looked down at my vest to remove my handcuffs, and when I looked up, he’d jumped out of his seat and pulled a sword from behind him, holding it above his head, ready to strike down at me.” My first thought was to move my head out of the way. So I dove to my left to avoid him, and as I did, he swung his sword down and caught me on the hand. As a result, my training kicked in: back up, make space, draw my Taser, and fire. But because he was a moving target, the Taser missed, and he thrust the tip of the sword into my face. I backed into the kitchen, where my colleague and the young lady were, and thought to myself, ‘If I don’t get this guy out, he’s going to kill me and everyone else in here.'”
The man lunged at PC Ekrem, but stumbled forward, allowing PC Ekrem to push him to the ground and pin him down. He only realised there was blood pouring from his hand at that point, and he called for backup and an ambulance.
“I’ve never been so scared and vulnerable in my life,” PC Ekrem said. I didn’t know where the Taser had gone, and I was afraid one of them was going to pick up the sword and attack me with it.”
But he was able to arrest and handcuff the man before more officers arrived. The attacker, 62, was charged with GBH with intent and sentenced to seven years in prison.
PC Ekrem was taken to the hospital and pins were inserted into his hand for five days. He couldn’t use his hand and was out of work for six months due to ligament damage, nerve damage, and muscle wastage. He also had flashbacks and needed to see a therapist.
PC Ekrem described receiving the Bravery Award nomination as “amazing,” despite the fact that he felt he was simply doing his job. “I don’t see myself as a hero or anything,” he said. I was just doing my job, but it’s always nice to be recognised.”
What a hero,” said Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh. This is the often unseen work of our Metropolitan Police officers. They never know what the call will be or what danger they will face. “Aksit thought this would be a normal day at work, but it quickly and unexpectedly turned violent.” “I commend his astonishingly brave actions” in potentially putting his life in danger to protect others, tackle this man, and arrest him while suffering a serious injury.
The National Police Bravery Awards recognise officers from across England and Wales who have displayed exceptional bravery while on or off duty.
PC Ekrem will attend a reception and awards ceremony in London in July as a nominee.

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