Witham: Off-duty policeman awarded for bravery after stopping axeman (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Witham: Off-duty policeman awarded for bravery after stopping axeman
11:00am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
An off-duty police officer who wrestled an axe out of a man’s hands has been commended for his bravery.
Inspector John Sanderson, who lives off Maltings Lane, Witham, was travelling home from work when he saw a man brandishing an axe at passengers on-board a tube train.
He managed to disarm the man during a violent struggle, causing the suspect to flee the scene.
On Friday, Mr Sanderson, 50, was presented with a certificate of commendation for his actions at West Ham underground station on June 26, 2011.