National bravery award for ‘Britain’s hardest cop’



A police officer dubbed “Britain’s hardest cop” has been honoured with a national bravery award for his heroics.

PC Stuart Outten single-handedly fought off machete attacker Muhammad Rodwan in August 2019 after being repeatedly struck over the head by the assailant’s 2ft long blade.

The 29-year old officer had stopped Rodwan’s van for having no insurance in Leyton, east London, which led to the attack. He suffered multiple stab wounds and skull fractures in the incident, but managed to use his Taser on Rodwan to stop him.

On Tuesday, PC Outten received the Police Federation bravery award for his actions.

Rodwan, meanwhile, was jailed for 16 years in January 2020. Mr Outten told the PA news agency that he quickly realised he was fighting for his life as blows rained down.

“Once he’s started hitting me in the head with the machete, then I realised it was escalating very quickly and I was having to now fight for my life,” he said.

“I recall specifically as I was falling to the floor, having fired the first (Taser) shot and aiming for the second (thinking) that if this doesn’t work, this might be it.”

PC Outten, who has already received awards from the Metropolitan Police and LBC radio, was presented with his latest accolade by Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, John Apter.

“We have the finest police officers in the world – dedicated public servants who, without hesitation, put themselves in danger to protect others,” said Mr Apter.

“They are humble, professional and committed individuals who I am proud to call my colleagues.

“Police officers are everyday heroes who are anything but ordinary.

“My congratulations go to Pc Stuart Outten and all the Police Bravery Awards nominees. They deserve every bit of recognition they receive.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel and chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council Martin Hewitt were among guests of the awards ceremony in central London, which had been delayed from 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a message of support for the nominees ahead of the ceremony, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “As frontline workers in the truest sense, you have been vital in helping us battle Covid-19.

“I salute each and every one of you for the role you have played.

“My admiration for you and your fellow officers and staff, already high, has only increased due to the role you have performed over the last 18 months, and I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the nominees for these Police Bravery Awards for your exceptional achievements.”

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