Cornish PCSO describes tackling a threatening man armed with an axe
12 April 2016, 12:13
PCSO Daniel Tildesley has been given a bravery award for his actions.
On the 23rd October 2015 PCSO Tildesley was on foot patrol in Redruth town centre when he spotted a man armed with an axe outside the job centre.
At the same time, the report also came in via his airwave radio and he let his colleagues know he was already on the scene.
PCSO Tildesley says he became extremely concerned for the welfare of the various members of public who were congregating at the scene and getting closer to the man.
After assessing the situation, and finding that the maan appeared calm and had the axe held to the ground, PCSO Tildesley approached him and asked him to hand over the axe.
He reacted aggressively, coming towards PCSO Tildesley still armed with the axe and a violent struggle ensued.
PCSO Tildesley managed to take the axe off him, however the man came at him again, and was extremely verbally aggressive and intent on getting the axe back.
With the help of security staff at the job centre, PCSO Tildesley took the man to the ground and detained him until officers arrived on the scene. The man was then arrested and charged with possession of an offensive weapon.
PCSO Tildesley said he was concerned about the safety of members of the public, and was determined to get hold of the axe, and diffuse the situation.
He says it wasn't until afterwards that he realised how differently the situation could have played out.
Last month, he was given the Chief Superintendent's Commendation for bravery and decisive actions, at a ceremony at County Hall in Truro.