Bravery award for Burnham-On-Sea taxi driver
and hovercraft chairman
Burnham taxi driver who risked his own life by wrestling a sword-wielding
man to the ground is to receive an award for his courageous actions.
Miller, 35, who is also chairman of Burnham's rescue hovercraft,
was parked in his taxi off Coast Road in Brean when he spotted
the man walking along the road with what first appeared to be
it soon became apparent that he was carrying a samurai sword and
after threatening a group of people he was making his way towards
a club which was starting to empty out of people.
the danger the man posed, Mr Miller left his cab and warned the
doorstaff at the club. As he turned around he noticed the man
walking up the stairs towards the entrance of the club.
any thought of his own safety Mr Miller made a split second decision
to tackle the man and wrestle the sword from him.
Miller, of Burnham on Sea, said: As the man faced me I saw
him start to pull the blade from the sheath and at this point
I decided I was going to try and detain him.
ran down to him and held the man in a bear hug, put him in a head
lock and then grabbed the sword with my other hand. I then had
help from the doorstaff who helped me to wrestle the man to the
ground where we kept him until police arrived."
took several staff to detain the man, who was arrested by police
and later pleaded guilty in court to carrying an offensive weapon.
recognition of Mr Miller¹s actions on July 28, 2004, he will
be presented the Waley-Cohen award by Avon and Somerset Constabularys
chief constable Colin Port at an awards ceremony in the Luttrell
Room, County Hall, Taunton on Friday (July 8) at 10.30am.
Roger Tolley, Burnham on Sea sector deputy, said: "Mr Miller
was extremely courageous and had he not intervened we may have
been looking at a far more serious incident. Due to his heroic
actions, Mr Miller thoroughly deserves recognition for his action."