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Last Updated: Monday, 13 September, 2004, 05:35 GMT 06:35 UK
Brave police honoured with awards
Violence after the Millwall v Birmingham game
Many of the awards are for bravery acts after the Millwall game
Officers who helped save children from a man wielding a knife were among those to be given the Met Police's highest bravery awards at a ceremony on Monday.

The Commissioner's High Commendations and general Commendations were handed out at Scotland Yard.

Most awards were for bravery during the violence that flared after the Millwall v Birmingham game last May.

An officer who detained a knife-wielding robber who stabbed a member of the public was also honoured.

The Commissioner's High Commendation for "outstanding bravery, determination and professionalism, and in the face of serious risk to personal safety" went to Constables Paul Benson, Mark Seccombe, and James Conway.

I am incredibly proud of all of the Met's officers and staff who strive for the safety of the people of London
Met Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens
During the post-match riots in south-east London, the honoured officers secured video material evidence while being attacked by the crowd.

And Constable Stephen Mulligan received an award for his rescue of a mounted branch officer from the rioters after she became unseated from her horse.

Another 22 officers got the Commissioner's Commendations for their bravery during the crowd trouble.

Commissioner's Commendations went to Constables Paul Smitherman, Jane Beale, Terence Clarke, and David Brighouse for saving children from a knife-wielding man in Orpington, south-east London.

Constable Stephen McGoff was highly commended for "outstanding bravery and tenacity" in pursuing and detaining a violent robber in Finchley, north London.

Despite knowing the suspect was armed and had already carried out a stabbing, Pc McGoff ran after the suspect and eventually disarmed and arrested him, receiving serious knife wounds.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said: "Policing is a tremendously difficult challenge which takes certain mettle and I am incredibly proud of all of the Met's officers and staff who strive for the safety of the people of London."

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