Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Award for Hero PC; OFFICER RESCUED TWIN BOYS FROM EXPLOSIVE SITUATION IN HOUSE SIEGE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Award for Hero PC; OFFICER RESCUED TWIN BOYS FROM EXPLOSIVE SITUATION IN HOUSE SIEGE

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Byline: LINDA RICHARDS

WHAT started as a routine night shift turned into a life and death situation for one Tyneside policeman.

PC Philip Davison had to draw on his nine years' experience as a frontline officer when a man threatened to blow up his home containing two children.

The 44-year-old officer negotiated the release of the twin boys, then managed to break into the house and overpower the man who had caused a gas leak and was trying to ignite it.

Now his courageous actions have earned the dadof-two a top award.

PC Davison, from Gateshead, has been presented with the Tony Teare Memorial Trophy by Chief Constable Mike Craik.

The trophy was originally donated by the parents of PC Tony Teare, a Northumbria Police officer, who died aged 22, in an air accident at Pately Bridge, West Yorkshire, in 1969.

It is presented annually to an officer who has shown extreme bravery and outstanding diligence. "I am honoured to have been given this award but I feel it was only my duty as a police officer to do what I did," said PC Davison. "The first instinct as an officer is always to protect anybody in a potentially dangerous or vulnerable situation.

"I will continue to help reassure members of the community that police are here to help and protect them in times of need."

It was around 3.30am last June 27 when PC Davison was flagged down by a frantic woman in Beresford Street, Dunston, Gateshead.

She told him that after a domestic disturbance, her partner had thrown her out, together with her 13-year-old daughter and adult baby sitter, but was still inside with her three-year-old sons, and was using a hammer to smash up the property, including the gas meter.

"As I approached the house I could hear banging," said PC Davison. "I looked through the letter box and could see a man with a hammer in his hand and two little boys looking very distressed. …

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