Two policemen have been commended for their bravery in dealing with a man who took his ex-partner hostage in a High Wycombe flat last year.

PCs James Francis and Usman Shafique received Higher Commendations from the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday (24/11).

The two PCS were part of a group of officers who were called out to the flat in Olympic Way on July 4 last year after a person heard a woman screaming from inside.

They found a 'violent offender' had locked the woman inside a room in the flat and refused to let her leave.

He was armed with a chisel and repeatedly stabbed at the officers, including PC Francis’s chest.

The man harmed himself and repeatedly made threats to kill the officers and cause a gas explosion, while smashing up the flat and turning on taps to flood it.

The officers were able to remove the woman to safety and, following a violent struggle, the he was restrained and arrested.

He was convicted at Reading Crown Court on July 22 of two counts of attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm, one count of affray in which he used or threatened unlawful violence towards two police officers, false imprisonment, destroying property, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and one charge of making threats to kill.

The offender was sentenced to 10 years and nine months’ in prison.

PCs Francis and Shafique were commended for their selfless actions and persistence to protect the victim and free her from the property unharmed.

Chief Constable Francis Habgood praised both officers for their courage and professionalism.

Six firearms officers will also receive Commendations in January.