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Honour for murdered Pc's son
Pc Lee Blakelock
Pc Lee Blakelock tackled a knifeman in County Durham
The policeman son of murdered Pc Keith Blakelock has been rewarded for bravely tackling a knifeman.

Durham Pc Lee Blakelock has received an official commendation from his chief constable.

He and a fellow officer subdued a man who was holding his ex-partner at knifepoint in front of their seven-year-old son.

Pc Keith Blakelock was killed in 1985 during rioting at the Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham, north London.

He left three sons Mark, now 31, Kevin, 29, and 26-year-old Lee who joined Durham Police in December 2000.

Pc Blakelock's mother Elizabeth Johnson, from West Boldon, near Sunderland, who has remarried and has a seven-year-old son Jordan, said: "Even when his dad was alive he wanted to be a policeman.

"It was not because of what happened to his dad that he joined the police.

"It was following in his father's footsteps, but not because of what happened.

Pc Keith Blakelock
Pc Keith Blakelock died in the Broadwater Farm riots in London

"I am extremely proud of Lee as I am of all my sons."

Mrs Johnson, 51, said Lee did not want to overshadow the bravery shown by Pc Glen Davies who was with him on the night in October last year.

She added: "It is important to Lee that people know it was a joint effort with his colleague."

The pair responded to reports of glass breaking and raised voices at an address in Peterlee, County Durham.

They found a 35-year-old armed with a knife, an air pistol and a can of petrol who had returned to his former home which he had shared with the mother of his son.

The man, who was in breach of bail conditions following a similar incident weeks earlier, threatened his former partner and her new boyfriend in full view of his child.

The man confronted the two officers as he clutched a knife to the woman's throat.

They saw a firearm tucked into the waistband of his trousers and only later did they find out it was an air pistol.

Lives saved

As he tried to barricade himself into the house, the officers managed to wrestle the weapons from him and make the arrest.

The man appeared at Newcastle Crown Court in February and admitted a series of charges including assault, possession of an imitation firearm and three counts of false imprisonment, a Durham Police spokesman said.

In an official report, Inspector Paul Harrison said Pcs Davies and Blakelock had "averted a very serious situation and possibly saved one or more lives".

Pc Davies, 36, who has more than five years service, said: "To be honest it was all over so quickly it only seemed that serious after it finished."

Pc Blakelock, who lives in Sunderland, and Pc Davies were commended at a ceremony by Chief Constable Paul Garvin.

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