Jack’s bravery wins him police commendation

Jack, who was slashed in the attack, with his commendation from the Chief Constable
Jack, who was slashed in the attack, with his commendation from the Chief Constable

A BRAVE teenager who was attacked with a meat cleaver after trying to stop a violent vandal has been awarded for his courage.

Jack Hayhurst, from Todmorden, has been given a commendation from Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Sir Norman Bettison after putting his own safety at risk to tackle Paul McCabe when he was smashing the windows of a house in Cornholme.

Jack, who is 18 and studying brick-laying at Burnley College, was at a friend’s house near Greenfield Terrace in February last year when he heard the sound of glass breaking.

He rushed out, saw McCabe, 25, of West Street, Sowerby Bridge, and chased him.

McCabe pulled out a meat cleaver and lunged at Jack, slashing his face, head, neck and back.

The teenager still bears the scars of the horrific attack.

He said: “There was a lot of blood.

“It was just instinct to start chasing him when I saw him, I think it’s the way I’ve been brought up.

“I’m going to put the award on my CV when I apply for jobs.”

Jack’s mum Jackie Bussey said: “He’s very lucky, it could have been a lot worse.

“I’m so proud of him.

“He’s a bit quieter and more cautious than he was but he’s dealt with it really well.”

Jack was invited to a ceremony in Wakefield to receive his award from the Chief Constable.

The citation read: “For your quick thinking and bravery, putting your own safety at risk to pursue and attempt to apprehend a violent man, suffering a vicious attack in the process.”

McCabe admitted wounding with intent, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage.

He was jailed for 10 years with a five-year extended licence period in April last year.