After successfully fending off a machete-wielding assailant, a police officer has been called “Britain’s hardest cop” and given a national bravery award.
PC Stuart Outten was stabbed many times and suffered fractures to his head, but he was able to use his Taser to stop a machete-wielding assailant. He was savagely attacked and sustained six head wounds, a fractured skull, and two arm wounds, as well as several finger fractures.
Rodwan was sentenced to 16 years in prison in Jan. 2020.
PC Outten, according to Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh, had demonstrated extraordinary tenacity and bravery in his pursuit of Rodwan. Muhammad Rodwan’s white vehicle had no insurance when it was pulled up in Leyton, East London, in Aug. 2019. The officer was repeatedly attacked about the head with a 2 ft-long blade.
Outten said he immediately realized he was fighting for his life as punches rained down on him that quickly became machete strikes.
He said: “Once he’s started hitting me in the head with the machete, then I realised it was escalating very quickly and I was having to now fight for my life,” adding, “I recall specifically as I was falling to the floor, having fired the first (Taser) shot and aiming for the second (thinking) that if this doesn’t work, this might be it.”
PC Outten has already received a Metropolitan Police bravery award, and an accolade voted by listeners of LBC radio.
Outten was presented with the courage trophy by Police Federation of England and Wales Chairman John Apter, who stated the following: “We have the finest police officers in the world—dedicated public servants who, without hesitation, put themselves in danger to protect others. They are humble, professional and committed individuals who I am proud to call my colleagues. Police officers are everyday heroes who are anything but ordinary. My congratulations go to PC Stuart Outten and all the Police Bravery Awards nominees. They deserve every bit of recognition they receive.”
For the first time since the pandemic forced a postponement, the Police Federation 2020 Bravery Awards were held in central London with visitors such Home Secretary Priti Patel, lawyer Rob Rinder, and National Police Chiefs Council chairman Martin Hewitt present.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a statement of support to the nominees prior to the event, saying: “As frontline workers in the truest sense, you have been vital in helping us battle COVID-19,” adding, “My admiration for you and your fellow officers and staff, already high, has only increased due to the role you have performed over the last 18 months, and I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the nominees for these Police Bravery Awards for your exceptional achievements.”