A constable who was told "you're going to die" before being stabbed in the head and neck has been named the bravest officer in England and Wales.
Pc Alexander Stypulkowski was named the overall winner at the 17th annual Police Bravery Awards in London after he risked his own life to apprehend an armed man.
The officer from Hampshire Police was deployed to assist social services and the firearms team section a man under the mental health act.
On arriving at the scene Pc Stypulkowski spotted the male and gave chase but became separated from his colleagues and found himself on a quiet and dark road.
It was there that the man turned to face the officer, brandishing a screwdriver, and told him "you're going to die".
Despite using gas spray and a baton to defend himself, Pc Stypulkowski was pulled to the ground, his jacket was hauled over his head disabling his vision and he was repeatedly stabbed.
The assailant ran off when another officer arrived at the scene and both had to give chase. Pc Stypulkowski was forced to used the gas spray again when the man leapt out from a car, brandishing the weapon and shouting "I'm going to kill you".
The other officer deployed his taser and the man was arrested.
PC Stypulkowski, who was presented with his award by Home Secretary Theresa May, said it was an "honour" to win the prize and looking back at the incident made him "realise how close to death" he was.