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Car bomb police's bravery awards
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Two car bombs were disarmed in June
Two Metropolitan (Met) Police explosives officers who risked their lives to disarm car bombs are to receive bravery awards from the Queen.

Paul Humphrey and Gary Wright made safe the devices in two vehicles in central London in June this year.

Mr Humphrey will receive the Queen's Gallantry Medal and Mr Wright the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair described the two men as "brave, almost beyond belief".

Cold courage

One of the car bombs, packed with 60 litres of petrol, gas cylinders and nails, was disarmed in Haymarket near Piccadilly Circus on 29 June.

The other was in an underground car park in Park Lane.

Sir Ian said he was humbled by their actions and added: "'They responded in the absolute finest traditions of the Metropolitan Police Service, putting their own lives at risk to save others.

"I am sure that when Londoners hear the full account of what happened they will share in the Met's immense pride at the cold courage shown that night."


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