Brave Menna to be honoured at national awards ceremony

A Gwent Police sergeant will be celebrated at the national Police Bravery Awards in London next week, after she subdued and arrested a knife-wielding thug.

Sergeant Menna Watkins was responding to reports of a disturbance during which the suspect had threatened a man with a knife.

Menna spoke to the alleged victim at the scene and was trying to get more information about the suspect when he charged through the crowd of onlookers and lunged towards her. 

She deployed her Taser as he ran towards her and then handcuffed him and waited for back-up to arrive at the scene.

Gwent Police Federation secretary Christopher Back described Menna as a “real credit” to the Force: “Menna had the professionalism and calmness of mind to hold her ground, draw and discharge her Taser. 

Sergeant Menna Watkins

“Her Taser discharge was accurate and she was able to subdue and arrest a violent offender who presented a very real threat to her personal safety and other members of the public. 

“She then had the presence of mind to press her emergency button to ensure approaching units were fully briefed and aware of her location and the situation. 

“Menna displayed fantastic professionalism, calmness under pressure and courage. She is a real credit to Gwent Police.”

The Police Bravery Awards are organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales and will take place in London on 14 July. The annual awards honour some of the finest officers in England and Wales who have performed incredible acts of bravery, while on or off duty.

Winners of the eight regional awards will go forward for the overall national award.