Officer who suffered horrific injuries in subduing machete attacker wins bravery award

A police officer who suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked by a man armed with a machete has won the annual Police Bravery Award.

PC Stuart Outten, 29, was attacked in Leyton, east London, after pulling over a white van on suspicion that it was uninsured.

Within seconds, Muhammad Rodwan, a convicted rapist, produced a two-foot long sharpened machete and began hacking at the officer’s head and body.

Despite suffering appalling gashes to his head, broken fingers and a sliced arm, Mr Outten managed to twice Taser his attacker and even disarmed him.

PC Stuart Outten pictured in the aftermath of the attack

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The officer had already been dubbed “Britain’s bravest cop” after shocking footage of the attack was made public.

Stuart Outten also suffered injuries to his hand

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Rodwan was later cleared of attempting to murder the officer but was convicted of the lesser charge of wounding with intent.

Muhammed Rodwan was convicted over the attack

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He was jailed for 16 years.

The Police Bravery Awards, which are held every year, honour officers from all over England and Wales who demonstrate acts of heroism in the course of their duty.

Mr Outten won the overall national award, which was presented by John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Judges awarded him the ’ trophy for his "incredible courage and resolve while stopping the individual, and for placing public safety before his own".

PC Stuart Outten managed to Taser and disarm his attacker

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Mr Apter said: "We have the finest police officers in the world – dedicated public servants who, without hesitation, put themselves in danger to protect others. 

"They are humble, professional and committed individuals who I am proud to call my colleagues. 

"Police officers are everyday heroes who are anything but ordinary. My congratulations go to PC Stuart Outten and all the Police Bravery Awards nominees. They deserve every bit of recognition they receive.”

Following the attack in August 2019, Mr Outten said: “My first thought was, I might be in a bit of trouble, and I had to focus on my breathing to stop my heart rate escalating, blood escalating and losing consciousness. 

"If I lost consciousness the Taser could stop, and he could get back up and carry on. My Taser saved my life. If frontline officers want one, they should have one."

Delivering a recorded message to the nominees during the ceremony, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said: “As frontline workers in the truest sense, you have been vital in helping us battle Covid-19. 

"I salute each and every one of you for the role you have played. My admiration for you and your fellow officers and staff, already high, has only increased due to the role you have performed over the last 18 months, and I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the nominees for these Police Bravery Awards for your exceptional achievements.”

Guests at the ceremony in central London included Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, and Kit Malthouse, the Policing Minister.

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