The postponed 2020 Police Bravery Awards was held in London this week.

PC Stuart Outten from the Metropolitan Police was named the overall 2020 winner at the awards on October 12.

The hero officer suffered multiple stab wounds and skull fractures but managed to use his taser to disable an attacker who was armed with a machete.

In the horrific attack, he suffered six deep wounds to his head, skull fractures, and two wounds to his arm and multiple finger fractures.

A total of 93 nominees from 42 forces in England and Wales were honoured at the 2020 event – which celebrated its 25th year.

One of them was a south west London probationer police officer.

PC Andrew Wienand confronted violent jewellery thieves – whilst he was off duty and dressed in just his boxer shorts.

He even had a pickaxe thrown at him during the incident last year – but still managed to scare the raiders off.

PC Wienand, a newly qualified officer, was safely tucked up in bed in his South West London flat, when he heard a disturbance outside.

He saw a jewellery shop about to be burgled by five men armed with sledgehammers and axes. 

Shouting to neighbours to call the police, PC Wienand ran at the suspects forcing the gang to flee on mopeds.

Ken Marsh, Metropolitan Police Federation Chair, said: “It was extremely brave of Andrew to challenge them and stop them in their tracks.”

In addition to PC Outten’s award, six regional winners have been recognised for going above and beyond the line of duty.

PS Simon Hogg, PC Paul Jackson and Retired PC Paul Cowling, Durham

PS Amos Durose and PC Kristian Avons, Staffordshire

PC Geoff Marshall, Derbyshire

PC Roz Fricker, Dorset

PC Richard Shea, PC Matthew Reynolds, North Wales

PC Joanna Wilber and PC Jack Wilber, Greater Manchester