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Essex: PC Dibell awarded the National Police Bravery Award
9:10am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A police constable Ian Dibell who died protecting others has been named the bravest in Britain.
PC Dibell tackled a gunman in Clacton after a neighbour dispute broke out in a residential street.
Last night he was voted the most courageous officer in the country and was posthumously awarded the National Police Bravery Award.
Before the ceremony brothers Paul and Neil, who also work for Essex Police, visited Downing Street to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said:
"It is entirely fitting and proper that Pc Ian Dibell should receive this national Police Bravery Award. There is always sadness when an award is made posthumously. But there is also great pride that, even though he was off duty, Ian acted with courage and selflessness, in the very best tradition of British policing.
"Ian died protecting the community he served as an Essex Police officer, attempting to calm a dangerous situation in a quiet residential part of Clacton.
"The family, friends and colleagues of Police Constable Ian Dibell, and the people of Essex, will forever remember this brave man and the sacrifice he made.”
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