PCSO convinces knife-wielding man to give himself up

Sutton Guardian: PCSO Vanessa Lewis PCSO Vanessa Lewis

A brave police officer managed to talk a knife wielding man into giving himself up in a dramatic confrontation.

Police officers called at a house in Culvers Way, Carshalton, to arrest a robbery suspect at 11.15am on Sunday.

When PC Fash Mohammadi and PCSO Jamie Cliffe arrived at the property they were greeted by a man brandishing a 10in kitchen knife who told the officers he would stab them and let loose three Staffordshire bull terriers.

Minutes later PCSO Vanessa Lewis, PC Andrew McDonnell and Sergeant Jon Eames arrived as back up.

PCSO Lewis recognised the knife wielding man from a previous enquiries and proceeded to talk with him.

She went to the front garden and spoke to the man, who was cutting himself with the blade, through the living room window.

Despite the man threatening her with the knife and a piece of broken glass, PCSO Lewis managed to gain his confidence and trust through patient conversation and eventually convinced him to put the knife down and leave the house.

He was arrested and charged with affray and appeared in front of Croydon magistrates on Monday. He pleaded guilty and was bailed to return for sentence on July 14.

A 17-year-old man was arrested at the same address on suspicion of robbery and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

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4:54pm Tue 25 Mar 14

AlexTB says...

Well done Vanessa. Very brave.
Well done Vanessa. Very brave. AlexTB
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