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Bravery award for police officer
Insp Michael Tanner
Insp Michael Tanner was stabbed in the chest and arm
A police officer who risked his life to save people from a crazed knifeman at a bus stop in north London has received the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

British Transport Police inspector Michael Tanner was decorated by the Queen on Wednesday.

Mr Tanner was stabbed by Ronald McKoy when he confronted him outside Finsbury Park bus station in December 2001.

Schizophrenic Ronald McKoy, 34, from Kilburn, north London, was given two life sentences at the Old Bailey.

'Steely gaze'

The 34-year-old father of three was stabbed in the arm and the chest by McKoy.

He said he made an "instant decision" to draw McKoy away from a crowd of people at the bus station, where the attack took place.

"It just turned horrible in a matter of seconds.

"He had a steely gaze. When he pulled out the knife, I was relieved it was not a gun," he said.

Despite the concerns of his wife Mr Tanner, who was on sick leave for nine months and had several stitches, decided to return to work.

"My father was a policeman, so there was really no doubt about me going back," he said.

McKoy also attacked two of his colleagues before he was overpowered.


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