Two West Yorkshire Police Officers nominated at this year's Police Federation Bravery Awards (30 June 2017)

Pcs _craig _nicholls _and _jonathan _wright _0Two West Yorkshire Police officers who arrested the armed killer of MP Jo Cox will be honoured at this year's Police Federation Bravery awards. 

The annual awards, which are in their 22nd year, will be held in July and will recognise the incredible acts of selflessness shown by officers - on and off duty. 

Police Constable Craig Nicholls and Police Constable Jonathan Wright have been nominated for the North East bravery award, for their heroic acts in detaining and arresting Thomas Mair. 

Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "Every year I am astounded by the bravery shown by members of our force and other forces across the country.  

"This event is a fantastic occasion to honour the thousands of police officers in the UK and to recognise the significant role they play in keeping our country and its residents safe, and feeling safer.  

"Hearing about the various acts of bravery from the nominees is incredibly humbling and I look forward to hearing more about their dedication during the awards ceremony. 

"I would like to offer my congratulations to PC Nicholls and PC Wright for their nomination for the North East region."  

PC Nicholls and PC Wright were on routine patrol when Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox was fatally stabbed and shot on 16 June last year. They noticed a man who was took evasive action to not be seen and pursued him, knowing it was potentially Mrs Cox's killer.  

Their main priority was the various other members of the public and the danger Thomas Mair could pose to them. The two officers acted on instinct; and rushed the suspect to arrest him and prevent him committing further acts of violence. 

Earlier this year the officers received a Queen's Gallantry Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours, as well as receiving a Chief Constable Commendation and winning the West Yorkshire Police Bravery award in May. 

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "The nomination for PC Nicholls and PC Wright could not be more well deserved. Their actions on that day showed true selfless bravery. They risked everything to prevent further harm coming to our communities and we owe them a huge thanks for that. 

"Every day officers and staff across the country go above and beyond in keeping us safe and it's only right that they are recognised in this way. I am very much looking forward to attending the event at which West Yorkshire Police have a proud record, and hearing more truly inspiring stories, and having the opportunity to meet and thank the people behind them." 

Nick Smart, Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: "This was an extraordinary act of bravery as both officers no doubt under extreme pressure and fear acted and prevented the suspect from committing any further acts of extreme violence. 

"The officers' primary concern was not for their own safety but the fact that there were numerous members of public on the street going about their normal daily business who were potentially in life-threatening danger. 

"The officers acted with the upmost bravery and professionalism. Their swift, courageous, and selfless actions ensured the suspect was apprehended quickly and key evidenced was recovered. Their actions stopped any prolonged community distress and fear." 

Last year, West Yorkshire Police Constable Sean Cannon was honoured with the overall national bravery award, after entering a burning home multiple times to save a family.  

This year, over 70 nominees from 40 forces have been submitted for the Police Federation Awards. Eight regional winners will be honoured on the night, alongside one overall winner who will be named the 2017's bravest police officer or officers.

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