Officer 'threatened with machete' and rammed with vehicle on first day

PCs McLaughlin and Malik arrested a dangerous suspect in a scene described as like 'something out a film'.

Police officer ‘threatened with machete’ and rammed with vehicle on first day Scottish Police Federation

A police officer was “threatened with a machete” and rammed with a vehicle in a scene described as being like “something out a film” during his first day on the force.

Constable Ibrahim Malik was repeatedly attacked and -faced a number of threats to his life during the incident in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

Along with constable Andrew McLaughlin, he was involved in a “high octane” car chase, with their officers’ vehicle being rammed several times by the suspect, who had “access to weapons”.

The pair were able to successfully apprehend the man when he made off on foot after deserting the stolen vehicle he’d been driving.

Both men have been praised by colleagues for remaining calm during the incident.

The constables have been nominated for the Scottish Police Federation’s Team Bravery award.

A group of four police constables have also been nominated for the award for their life-saving work amid a knife incident in Glasgow.

Officers Gary Hutchison, Andrew Glen, and Paul Lambert.

Officers Gary Hutchison, Andrew Glen, Paul Lambert and Keir Samson have been credited with saving the lives of two men following a stabbing in Glasgow.

They are among a total of 20 officers, including constables, campus cops, detectives and probationers, have been shortlisted for the special awards.

David Threadgold, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, who will present the awards said: “Our annual awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the individual and team acts of bravery and dedication to our communities that we see day in, day out in policing.

“We are incredibly proud of all our nominees, and while there can only be one winner in each category, we are grateful to each of them for their amazing achievements.

“Police officers continue to face unprecedented challenges, but these awards are an opportunity to pause and reflect on the fantastic work that they do.

“These stories reflect what being a police officer is all about and we wish everyone who has been nominated the very best of luck on the night.”

Chief constable Jo Farrell said: “Policing brings huge value to our communities: keeping people safe from harm, protecting the vulnerable, bringing criminals to justice, solving problems and reducing offending.

“These awards shine a light on how officers stand up for and with our communities and I am extremely grateful to the Scottish Police Federation.

“I commend and thank all police officers and their families for their commitment to public service and offer my warmest congratulations to award nominees and recipients.”

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