Grantham

Video: Watch brave Grantham police officers take on robbers armed with shotgun and hammers

Two off-duty Lincolnshire Police officers who confronted armed robbers have been recognised for their exceptional bravery.

Sergeants David Wilson and Iain McIvor were named as Region 4 (Eastern) winners at the 22nd National Police Bravery Awards.

The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery.

The sergeants – who are based in Grantham – were off duty in Newark to celebrate Sergeant McIvor’s promotion, but as they left the pub, they heard noise coming from a nearby jewellers.

They approached the shop and soon realised there was an armed robbery in progress.

The pair entered the front of the shop front and identified themselves as police officers.

As they did, one offender, carrying a pump-action shotgun, came out of the premises towards them pointing the firearm directly at them.

He pumped the barrel, yelling “Get back or I’ll shoot”. He was then swiftly followed out of the shop by others armed with lump hammers.

The officers backed away but still persisted in dealing with the incident, and Sergeant McIvor seized an opportunity to wrestle with the gunman as he attempted to get into the getaway car.

As he held on he ended up being dragged down the street by the vehicle as it sped off, before he fell to the ground from the car a short distance away.

Although confronted with armed men, the officers were able to retain enough information to help lead to the arrest of the offenders.

Charges included conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of an imitation firearm with intent and conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

Eleven offenders pleaded guilty at court, and a 12th was found guilty at trial.

After receiving their award from Sara Thornton, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Sergeant Wilson said: “I feel so privileged to have won the award and proud of what happened on the night.”

Sergeant McIlvor added: “As harrowing as it is to watch it back, I would do it again – it’s what the police do. It’s been fantastic to be here at the Police Bravery Awards.”