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Award for hero who tackled knife attacker

Niall Paterson, right, receives his award from Chief Constable Andrew Trotter of British Transport Police. (S)

Niall Paterson, right, receives his award from Chief Constable Andrew Trotter of British Transport Police. (S)

A Ripon man who helped tackle a knife-wielding attacker on a train has received a commendation from British Transport Police.

Niall Paterson, 37, along with other members of the public, restrained the man – who was carrying a large knife – after he made threats to the train guard and passengers while it sat in Dundee railway station in Scotland in October 2012.

Mr Paterson has been presented with the Divisional Commander’s Commendation by British Transport Police’s Chief Constable, Andrew Trotter, at a special ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers.

Niall said: “What happened on the train that night was shocking and scary. To see passengers and the train guard in particular being abused and threatened was something that I could not just sit and let happen.

“Luckily, other passengers felt the same and we were able to control the situation safely. Being recognised by British Transport Police is a huge surprise.

“To attend the ceremony alongside British Transport Police officers was an honour and a privilege that I will never forget.”

Speaking about the award, Chief Supt Ellie Bird, the Scotland divisional commander, said:“Niall is truly deserving of this award and without his commendable and brave actions the outcome could have been so much worse.

“The Scotland division is really grateful for the assistance of Niall and others and this ceremony is our chance to say a big thank you and recognise their contributions.”

A man was arrested at the time and appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court where he was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.

 

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