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

File picture of Romford station

Two men were arrested and a woman was knocked down by a bus in a night of drama outside Romford station last week, it has emerged.

Milly and Becky at Rainham food bank's Christmas event (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

It’s a festive staple for most, but a basic Christmas dinner is out of reach for much of the borough’s most disadvantaged.

17:07
Barkingside Magistrates Court

A roadside car salesman has clocked up a bill of almost £2,500 for selling an Audi with false service history and mileage.

11:15
police tape

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

Most read news

WW100

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

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Cook congratulates employees on one of the biggest year’s in Apple’s history.

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

The online encyclopaedia created a special video showing how the year’s event are linked.

People are divided and it’s definitely following a pattern.