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Officer who risked his life to detain a suspected killer is nominated for a Police Bravery Award

Posted on 19th June 2018

A Derbyshire officer who risked his life to detain a suspected killer has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.

PC David Bull has been nominated to win an award at the 23rd Police Bravery Awards in London on July 12. The awards are held by the Police Federation of England and Wales to honour and recognise police officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty, and are sponsored by Police Mutual.Chief Constable Peter Goodman and PC David Bull

Ryan Belfon (32) went to the Ilkeston home of 86-year-old Derek Levers last May and argued with him about money. When Mr Levers refused to hand over cash, Belfon assaulted him and stole his wallet. A short time later, he collapsed on his doorstep and died.

Following information from the community about Belfon’s whereabouts, PC Bull split up from his partner and began a search. He spotted Belfon in a secluded alleyway and gave chase. Once caught, Belfon struggled violently and threw PC Bull’s radio away to stop him requesting help. PC Bull was then assaulted, causing him to fall to the floor injuring his wrist and knee.

PC Bull was determined to keep hold of the suspect and realised that his only chance of getting help was to pull the man into a garden and hope he could be heard. He managed this and fortunately a man came to his aid, helping to detain Belfon before recovering PC Bull's radio so he could raise the alarm.

Despite his many injuries to his wrist and knee, PC Bull returned for duty the following day. Chief Constable Peter Goodman presented PC Bull with a commendation last December in recognition of his bravery and dedication.

Belfon was jailed for eight-and-a-half years last October after pleading guilty to manslaughter, robbery, theft, fraud and assaulting a police officer.

Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the tenth consecutive year.  To all of you who have been nominated, be proud of yourselves and your achievements. When it mattered most, you stepped up. You proved that your commitment to keeping the public safe did not waver, even when tested in the most trying of circumstances. At Police Mutual, my colleagues and I are deeply honoured to be able to show our appreciation for your bravery in keeping us safe.”

Tony Wetton, Chair of Derbyshire police Federation, said: “The bravery and professionalism shown by PC Bull went above and beyond the normal call of duty. He showed exceptional bravery, putting his own life at risk to catch a suspected murderer.

Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: “PC Bull showed great bravery and dedication that day and I’m delighted that he has been nominated for this award. I wish him luck for the ceremony next month.”

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