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 Two brave men recognised at Police Public Bravery Awards


Two courageous men who wrestled a weapon-wielding man to the floor in a busy supermarket have been recognised.

James Dunmore, who was the store manager of Sainsbury’s on Corporation Road in Darlington noticed a man armed with a knife and hammer had entered the store back in February 2018.

James instinctively rugby tackled the man to the floor. A customer in the store, Oliver Bignall, then disarmed the robber and assisted James in detaining the man until officers arrived at the scene.

Both James and Oliver exposed themselves to considerable risk in intervening during the incident and their actions saw the offender arrested for this and a similar offence committed five days earlier.

Superintendent Richie Allen from Durham Constabulary said: “James and Oliver richly deserve recognition for their selfless and brave actions in tackling an armed offender.

“They have both shown an instinctive determination to protect other members of the public whilst putting their own safety at risk.

“I thank both for their actions on behalf of Durham Constabulary and their community.”

Mr Dunmore and Mr Bignell were presented with their silver medals at the Police Public Bravery Awards last month accompanied by Durham’s Assistant Chief Constable John Ward.

The offender, Daniel Bell, 34 of Ardmore Drive, Darlington was convicted of robbery, attempted robbery and two counts of possessing a bladed article.

He was sentenced to seven years and 10 months in jail.