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PC John Taylor Memorial Award presented to Shift One Armed Response Team - Operational Services

The Award

On 23 November 1986 PC John Taylor was fatally injured when he fell from the seventh floor of a building whilst arresting a burglar in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent. The specially-designed memorial cup was obtained with donations made by local people. A memorial was also erected in Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, and was officially unveiled by the Rt Hon Roy Hattersley MP.

The memorial cup is presented annually to a serving police officer or member of the Special Constabulary who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, performed an act of bravery, or a sporting achievement.

Force Annual Awards 2017Citation

A man had locked himself in a shipping container in Fenpark, Stoke-on-Trent, and was believed to be in possession of a revolver, ammunition and a machete. He was suffering from mental health problems and was under the influence of drugs.

The man had been wanted for ten days when armed response team shift one attended on 17 April 2017. Led by the Operational Firearms Commander, PC Lovatt, for the day, the team placed a containment around the steel shipping container in the hope of negotiating with the man to safely surrender.

The incident deteriorated when it was identified the man had locked himself inside the container which held a number of gas canisters. Officers at the scene knew if they were to evacuate to 400-metres as advised, it would almost certainly mean the man would successfully kill himself. If they were to move forward the whole team would be in danger of being caught up in any explosion.

The team acted quickly, with PC Lovatt using fire service kit to effect an emergency entry on the container. The man was detained just in time while in the process of attempting to light the gas.

This brave and selfless act almost certainly saved a vulnerable man's life and protected members of the public and property in the vicinity. Had these courageous officers not acted in the way they did, the outcome would have been very different.

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