“Selfless” Moseley man praised for helping police catch man with axe

Remember this footage of officers from the British Transport Police chasing a man with an axe through Birmingham City Centre?

Thousands of people on social media called for the member of the public, who can be seen intervening by pushing the armed criminal into a wall, to be honoured.

And that’s exactly what happened at a ceremony earlier this week when police awarded Dale Sly with a commendation for his brave actions that day.

The 21-year-old from Moseley was walking by the steps off Worcester Street on 18 June 2016 when he saw a man running from Sergeants Ricky Sweeney and Chris Stark, and PCs Dan Hoskin, Rob Kelly and Dan Westwood, who were in pursuit following a report a man had been seen with a weapon at Birmingham New Street.

Despite Sgt Sweeney, and PCs Hoskin and Kelly trying to bring the man to stop with a Taser and baton, he continued to run. As the man came out of Swan Passage and up the steps, without any thought for his own safety, Dale bundled the man into a nearby wall.

The man was ordered to drop his weapon, which he had already repeatedly been told to do, but despite further warnings he continued to flee. Under the pressure of a large crowd, PC Hoskin was able to reload and discharge his Taser one more time, bringing the armed man to the ground and allowing Sgt Stark and PC Westwood to arrest him. The man was later sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of an offensive weapon.

On awarding Dale Sly and the officers with their commendations, Superintendent Sandra England said: “Mr Sly recognised the seriousness of the situation and his selfless intervention undoubtedly resulted in the detention of a dangerous offender.

“The officers involved are also to be praised for their determined pursuit in a busy city centre, and their actions are testament to their courage and commitment in keeping members of the public safe.”