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Police Bravery Awards: Regional winners

  • North West: Constables Nathan Jackman and Peter Stevens for tackling a knifeman and saving a victim's life
  • North East: Off-duty Constable Sara Widdrington for tackling a supermarket gunman
  • West Midlands: Constables Stephen Fletcher and Rory Stuart-Knill after being attacked by a petrol bomb gang
  • Eastern: Constable Martin Bentley for chasing a knifeman despite being stabbed
  • Wales: Constable Alun Morgan for braving icy water in a quarry to rescue a boy from drowning
  • South West: Constable Nicholas French for tackling a man armed with a knife and a lawn edger
  • South East: Pc Ian Dibell, was killed when he tackled a gunman near his home in Clacton-on-Sea in July last year. He also won the national award.
  • London: Constables Stephen Barker, Thomas Harding, Shumal Haque, Alastair Hinchliff and Andrew Robb confronted a knife-wielding man in a butcher's shop.

Read: Posthumous national bravery award for murdered Pc

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Home Secretary hails murdered Pc Ian Dibell's bravery

Home Secretary Theresa May has paid tribute to the bravery of Pc Ian Dibell who has been posthumously voted the most courageous officer in England and Wales at the annual Police Bravery Awards.

Ian Dibell's death is a reminder not just of the bravery police officers show on a daily basis, but also the depth of their commitment to public service.

Pc Dibell was off duty when he stepped in to help a neighbour in distress. He could have walked away, but he chose to put himself in harm's way.

His bravery, and that shown by thousands of his colleagues up and down the country, is yet another reminder that we have the best police officers in the world.

– Home Secretary Theresa May

Read: Posthumous national bravery award for murdered Pc

Posthumous national bravery award for murdered Pc

Pc Ian Dibell has been posthumously given a national bravery award Credit: Essex Police/PA Wire

A police officer who was shot dead when he tried to wrestle a weapon from a gunman who had opened fire on a couple in the street has been posthumously given a national bravery award.

Pc Ian Dibell, 41, was voted the most courageous officer in England and Wales at the annual Police Bravery Awards after he lost his life near his home in the seaside town of Clacton, Essex, in July last year.

Peter Reeve, 64, had opened fire on his neighbour Trevor Marshall and his girlfriend and was chasing Mr Marshall in his blue Toyota.

Mr Dibell, a father-of-two, leaned into the car to try to grab the gun and a bullet passed into his hand and then through his chest, causing fatal injuries.

Steve Williams, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: "Pc Ian Dibell was a valiant team player; his bravery on that fateful day typifies his whole life - always putting others before himself."

Read: Memorial for Essex policeman

PM deals with 'elephant' in room at Police Bravery Awards

The 2013 Police Bravery Awards have been held in London to recognise the achievements of officers across the UK.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the "elephant" in the room in relation to the ongoing row over the 'Plebgate' scandal.

He said: "Let me deal directly with the elephant. Yes, there's been a lot of discussion this week about one particular case but let us say loudly and proudly that nothing should get in the way of the simple fact that we have in Britain the bravest and the best police force anywhere in the world".

Watch: Prime Minister praises police at bravery awards

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