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AUDIO: Harrogate PC nominated for national bravery award

AUDIO: Harrogate PC nominated for national bravery award

Published at 6:01am 19th October 2015. (Updated at 6:42pm 21st October 2015)

A Harrogate policeman who disarmed a man who was threatening people with a large knife has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

Just before 7pm on Friday 18 July 2014, PC Richard Baranovsky was approached by two young men who told him that a man was chasing people and brandishing a large knife near Victoria Shopping Centre.

After going to investigate, he saw the man walking swiftly away from the scene along Station Parade.

PC Baranovsky called out to the man who then started to run.

The suspect was knocked off balance, giving PC Baranovsky an opportunity to catch and restrain him.

He recovered an eight-inch long carving knife from the waistband of the man's trousers.

Soon after his arrest, it became apparent that he was responsible for stabbing a teenager in the leg.

Mike Stubbs, of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: "PC Baranovsky showed courage and determination in single-handedly apprehending a man, who had moments earlier stabbed someone in Harrogate town centre and then had brandished a large knife at other members of the public.

"He recognised the risk presented and gave chase, restrained and arrested him and deserves the nomination and recognition from it."

Stephen Mann, Chief Executive of Police Mutual, added: "Police Mutual is extremely proud to sponsor the Police Bravery Awards, recognising the courage of police officers who face extremely challenging situations every day to keep the public safe.

"Our ongoing, long-term commitment to support these awards reflects the incredible respect we have for the work of the police service."

The annual Police Bravery Awards are being held in London on 27 October.

PC Baranovsky is also nominated in North Yorkshire Police's first Public Choice Awards.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 23 October.

PC Baranovsky has been speaking to Stray FM's Lisa North: