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Poundland killing: 'Brave' officers honoured for arrest

Sgt Mark Allmond and PC Alex Quigley Image copyright TVP Fed
Image caption Sgt Mark Allmond and PC Alex Quigley have been recognised for their bravery

Two police officers who arrested a man after he fatally stabbed someone in a Poundland store have been nominated for bravery awards.

Trevor Joyce attacked Justin Skrebowski with a knife from the shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in December 2015.

Sgt Mark Allmond was off duty with his family when he stepped in to help, and PC Alex Quigley arrived shortly after.

Craig O'Leary of Thames Valley Police Federation said both showed selflessness and courage.

Sgt Allmond, 38, was with his wife and two young children when he heard shouting so loud he thought it was the town crier.

"Then I looked out and saw a man with a knife up to an elderly guy's throat," he said.

"I put my daughter down, spun round, and asked my wife to call the police… I could tell something bad had happened because there was a lot of blood in there."

Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Father-of-two Justin Skrebowski ran an antiques stall in London's Portobello Road
Image caption He was buying balloons for his wife's birthday when he was killed

Thinking it could be a terrorist attack - the stabbing came soon after the Leytonstone tube attack - Sgt Allmond warned people to stay back as Joyce slashed at shoppers and children.

Sgt Allmond said: "I was trying to pick my opportunity to tackle him, because it's not like the movies - if you tackle someone with a knife you get hurt.

"But I distracted him enough and he put his anger towards me."

PC Alex Quigley then "hurtled" on to the scene in an unmarked police car and challenged Joyce with her Taser.

He dropped the knife, enabling Sgt Allmond to restrain him.

Joyce was jailed for life in 2016.

The sergeant admitted the nomination was "massively humbling" but insisted he and his colleague "were just doing our jobs".

He added: "Not a day goes by that I don't think of the victim. It's such a sad and tragic event."

Image caption Trevor Joyce attacked Justin Skrebowski with a knife from the Poundland store

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