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Officers who tackled armed man nominated for bravery awards

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Two Norfolk police officers who bravely arrested a gun-wielding man intent on ending his life in a shootout have been nominated for bravery awards.

PC Leanne Payne and PC Joseph Konieczny were called to Coldham Hall Tavern at Surlingham, near Norwich, and confronted by a man in military-style clothing armed with what looked like a rifle.

Simon Tait had gone there with an imitation gun intent on provoking a police shooting as he "wanted to be shot dead".

He had called a member of staff stating “I will come into the pub in a minute, I will be armed”.

One of the armed officers who raced to the incident on May 23 last year said it was any firearms officer's "worst nightmare" as they did not know whether the weapon was real or not.

Body-worn camera footage of armed police being faced by Simon Tait with an imitation firearm at Surlingham in May 2021 - Credit: Norfolk Police

Fortunately, Tait slipped, giving officers just enough time to select a non-lethal baton round which was fired at Tait's leg, allowing him to be........

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