Belfast Telegraph

Terror attack officers are nominated for bravery

By Margaret Davis

Police officers who confronted terrorists during the attacks at Westminster and London Bridge last year have been nominated for bravery awards.

Those put forward for recognition at the annual Police Federation ceremony next month include Pc Keith Palmer, who lost his life during the Westminster terror attack when he was stabbed while on duty near the Houses of Parliament.

During the London Bridge atrocity, when three attackers ploughed a van into pedestrians before stabbing people at Borough Market, fellow Metropolitan Police officer Pc Charlie Guenigault entered the fray while walking home.

He had gone out with friends after his shift, and despite being unarmed, he ran towards the terrorists and was stabbed in the head, back and stomach.

A group of officers from City of London Police are also nominated for giving first aid to victims as the event unfolded.

Chairman of the Police Federation Calum Macleod said: "This year's awards are especially poignant as we reflect on two of the terrorist attacks which our country has suffered in the past year.

"Hundreds of officers from the Metropolitan and City of London forces ran towards the unknown dangers they presented.

"Several of them are included in our nominees, and Pc Keith Palmer - who is of course also nominated - tragically paid the ultimate price while protecting others."

Other nominees confronted suspects armed with swords, axes or guns.

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