Off-duty officer wins bravery award for confronting hammer-wielding woman while ...

An off-duty police officer who confronted a violent woman armed with a hammer while dressed in her pyjamas and with her hand in plaster has been commended for her bravery.

PC Kelda Griffiths was getting ready for bed when she heard a disturbance and a banging noise outside.

When she went to investigate the noise on the Port Talbot, Wales, street she was confronted by a woman who was smashing the window of a house with a hammer.

The injuries inflicted on Gwent police office Kelda Griffiths after she was attacked in the street in Port Talbot

The injuries inflicted on Gwent police office Kelda Griffiths after she was attacked in the street in Port Talbot

Although her right hand was in plaster after she fractured it arresting a violent man the week before, she didn't hesitate trying to stop the woman, who by now was screaming, hitting windows and kicking parked cars.

PC Griffiths tried to calm the woman down, but she walked towards the officer swinging the hammer and screaming. The woman then ran towards a man with the hammer raised, so the off-duty officer grabbed her from behind and managed to get hold of the hammer.

'When I went out to the street, I could see her smashing the windows and I shouted at her, 'What are you doing? Put that hammer down',' she said.

The violent woman attacked the police officer, gouging her eyes, pulling her up by her hair and biting her head

The violent woman attacked the police officer, gouging her eyes, pulling her up by her hair and biting her head

'She started walking towards me swinging the hammer from hand to hand, so I told her that police were on the way and she had to put the hammer down.

'A man came out from another house with a large dog, and she started to shout that she was going to kill him. It was a really large hammer and she wasn't far from him so I knew I needed to act as quickly as I could.'

She went to grab the woman but Griffiths fell to the floor and the woman's mother arrived and stood on her plastered hand, stopping her from getting up.

The first woman then attacked the police officer, gouging her eyes, pulling her up

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