Piers Morgan speaks out on lesson he learned from heroic Pride of Manchester winners

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Piers Morgan, 56, has praised this year’s MEN Pride of Manchester Awards winners as “the absolute definition of the word hero”. The former Good Morning Britain presenter praised Sgt Lee Valentine, DC Marsha Selby , DC Ashleigh Williams and DC Tom Wright, Adam Ward, and Miah Uddin for their work in subduing a knife-wielding terrorist in 2018.

The officers ran towards the man when they heard screams on the platform of Manchester’s Victoria Station. 

They used Tasers and pepper spray to subdue the attacker, with the support of two Metrolink Travel Safe staff, Adam and Miah.

The heroes are receiving the Emergency Services Award after they ran to tackle the terrorist at Manchester’s Victoria Station after a triple stabbing on New Year’s Eve 2018.

Following the terrifying incident, Mahdi Mohamud, 26, admitted three counts of attempted murder and was jailed for life in December 2019.

Speaking about the lessons he has learned from the brave award winners’ actions, Piers said in a message during the ceremony: “You guys are the absolute definition of the word hero.

“I cannot imagine the courage it must take to risk your lives in the way that you did with no thought for your own safety.

“You didn’t know how many attackers there were, or weapons they may have had, or even if there was a bomb, you just ran into the danger when everyone’s natural instinct would be to run in the opposite direction.

“I’ve covered the biggest news stories from around the world for more than 30 years and the one thing that I’ve learned is there’s nobody quite as brave as a British copper.”


Addressing the winners, Piers added: “Lee, Marsha, Ashleigh and Tom, you’ve proved that point in spectacular fashion.

“And Adam and Miah, you’ve taught me that Manchester Metrolink staff are right up there in the courage stakes too.

“Congratulations to all of you.

“And on behalf of the Great British public, thank you for everything that you continue to do to keep us all safe.”

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British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther also praised the heroes’ bravery after the December 2018 incident, saying they prevented a far greater tragedy. 

He said: “They all performed way beyond what we might expect someone of their service to do. 

“I think it’s a real testament to their bravery and their disregard for their own personal safety to get stuck in and do what they did.”

The MEN Pride of Manchester Awards celebrates Manchester’s unsung heroes.

The ceremony where the heroes will be honoured will once again be hosted by actor Kym Marsh.

She will be joined by plenty of famous faces to unveil the winners, including Piers, Marcus Rashford and Naga Munchetty.

Other winners include a pensioner who raised £1million for dementia research and a woman who will be rewarded for her pioneering work as an activist for transgender rights.

The MEN Pride of Manchester Awards, in partnership with TSB, will premiere tomorrow at 7pm on youtube.com/prideofbritainawards 

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