WATCH: The incredible moment student police officer tackles masked man during armed raid at Sheffield shop
This is the moment a student police officer 'displayed tremendous bravery' and tackled a member of a masked gang who raided a Sheffield convenience store armed with a machete.
During a hearing held at Sheffield Crown Court last week, Kyle Bayliss, 31, and Connor Roulson, 21, were jailed for a combined total of eight years for their role in an aggravated burglary at the One Stop Shop in Hatfield House Lane, Shiregreen.
CCTV footage from the shop shows the two men breaking into the premises at around 10pm on May 29 this year, before attempting to steal alcohol and cigarettes.
Student PC, Dell Owen, is seen to tackle Bayliss, before forcing him to the ground and administering pava spray.
A short time later, PC Ben Hawley confronts and detains Roulson, who had attempted to stash his machete in the shop.
Both officers have now been commended for their bravery.
Chief Inspector Helen Lewis from Sheffield said: “ “I speak for the whole district when I say I am immensely proud of the professionalism and courage shown by the officers who responded to this incident.
“They entered this business while the crime was in progress and one individual was in possession of a machete-type weapon – an incredibly dangerous situation.
“PC Dell Owen, a student officer, displayed tremendous bravery in tackling Bayliss, putting herself in harm’s way to safely apprehend this suspect.
“PC Ben Hawley confronted Roulson, who had tried to dispose of his weapon by hiding it in the shop, arresting him without causing harm or injury to anyone.
“Both officers’ desire to protect the victim and the wider community of Shiregreen are commendable and as a result of their decisive actions, a dangerous weapon was taken off the streets and two individuals are now in prison for their crimes.
“Please can I also pass on my thanks to the investigating officer DC John Briers, whose meticulous investigation led to the conviction of both men, with Bayliss being jailed for four years and eight months and Roulson jailed for three years and four months."
Roulson, of Shiregreen Lane, Wincobank pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and possession of a blade, while Bayliss, of Hucklow Road, Firth Park pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated burglary in connection with the incident.
Judge Rachel Harrison jailed Bayliss for four years, eight months and Roulson for three years, four months.
She told the pair: "This was a terrible offence committed at a shop where you knew staff would be locking up. It was committed against those who provide a vital community service by working in that shop."