Off-duty policeman's bravery is rewarded with top gong
A SOUTH Wales Police officer has been honoured for his bravery in tackling knife-wielding robbers — while off duty.
Detective constable Andrew O'Flanagan (pictured) was driving through Swansea when he saw two men threatening a shopkeeper with knives and demanding money.
The officer leaped from his car and gave chase to the fleeing robbers, grabbing one and becoming involved in a struggle on the pavement. Despite suffering a dislocated finger during the tussle, he managed to the armed man until colleagues arrived.
The robber who had been wrestled to the ground was arrested — and his two accomplices were picked up a short time later.
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DC O'Flanagan's quick- thinking and bravery saw him join more than 50 colleagues from forces around Wales and England for the annual Police Bravery Awards, where the Swansea officer picked up the Welsh regional gong.
He said: "There were many brave officers being celebrated for their actions — officers throughout the country risked their lives every day.
"I am proud to receive the award, but the families of officers are the real heroes."
The actions of the detective were praised by superintendent Phil Davies, the head of operational policing in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. He said: "The actions of this off-duty officer resulted in the arrest and conviction of three men."