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Londoners honoured for bravery
A man with a broken leg who tried to stop a knife attacker has received a bravery award.

Mohammed Al-Dani was on crutches when he was slashed in the arm as he restrained the man.

Mr Al-Dani, from Streatham, south London, and 10 others were at the Binney Memorial Awards ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London.

The annual ceremony commemorates Captain Ralph Binney, who died trying to stop thieves in the City in 1944.

Since the first ceremony in 1947 more than 50 medals and hundreds of certificates have been handed out.

Dominic Heldt, from Middlesex, who disarmed a gunman, and Dennis Smith, from Hillingdon, from west London, who helped arrest a robber who had shot him in the face, were also among the recipients.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said they had shown "tremendous courage, tenacity and quick thinking in support of law and order in London".

"Their brave and selfless acts are an inspiration to us all," he said.

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