Search

Police officers who detained an armed murderer in Hornchurch are commended

16:15 10 July 2014

PC  James Bushell receives his award

PC James Bushell receives his award

Archant

Two police officers who apprehended an armed murderer in a distressed and deranged state have been commended for their actions.

PC Clive Deller receives his awardPC Clive Deller receives his award

Pc Clive Deller and Pc James Bushell detained a man suspected of murder in September 2013 after being called to an address in Hornchurch where an elderly woman had died.

The two officers located the suspect in a locked room.

They kicked down the door and were confronted by the sight a man covered in blood, brandishing a knife, in a distressed and deranged state. The suspect advanced on the officers, still firmly grasping what transpired to be the murder weapon. Using his baton, Pc Deller’s arm and wrist strikes caused the suspect to drop the weapon, enabling Pc Bushell to step in and physically restrain the suspect.

On searching him, it became apparent the man had numerous self-inflicted knife injuries, including a stab wound to the abdomen, and required urgent medical attention.

Thomas Blazquez, 51, of South Woodford, was convicted of murdering 77-year-old Rosemary Shearman, at Snaresbrook Crown Court on May 1. He was sentenced the same day to life imprisonment, to serve at least 18 years.

Pcs Deller and Bushell were commended for displaying courage, professionalism and compassion in the apprehension of a disturbed and armed murder suspect and the preservation of a serious crime scene.

Assistant Commissioner Helen King said: “It gives me great pleasure to officially recognise the outstanding work and bravery of the men and women who have gone over and above the call of duty.”

Read more:

Thomas Blazquez convicted of murdering bridge club friend Rosemary Shearman in her Hornchurch home

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:25
First Step is running a competition where readers can win tickets to its summer ball

Two lucky readers are set to be transported back to the 1920s.

Yesterday, 14:00
Prince William handing over John Morris' OBE at Buckingham Palace.

A headteacher has said he is “over the moon” to have been awarded an OBE for his services to education.

Yesterday, 12:21
General view of HGV lorries.

Space for 50 tipper trucks will replace some of the old Ford site in Rainham if plans are approved.

Yesterday, 09:16
Hall Lane, Upminster, has been closed off after a collision this morning.

Two women had to be cut out of a car after they were involved in a collision this morning.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder