A POLICE officer has been commended for his quick-thinking that led to the arrest of two teenagers who’d attacked a rival with a machete.

The cop – part of the Birmingham Organised Crime Unit – was carrying out enquiries at Longbridge job centre when he heard screaming outside and found a crowd gathered round a 16-year-old who’d suffered deep slash wounds to his legs.

He called in an armed unit patrolling nearby to carry out emergency fast aid before tracking down CCTV footage that showed the student being marched across a car-park to a grassed area... and the offenders returning moments later without their victim.

The teenager staggered into Tessall Lane where he collapsed having suffered significant blood loss from eight knife wounds.

Suspecting the attack was gang related, the officer directed response colleagues to search key locations in the local area − and minutes later they stopped Sadiki Richardson and Delayni Woodcock, both aged 18 but who were 16 at the time, in Longbridge Lane.

Richardson was found still carrying the bloodstained machete and both were arrested.

At Birmingham Crown Court last week Richardson, from Hollybank Road, Kings Heath, was jailed for eight years four months while Woodcock, from Brockworth Road in Druids Heath, was sentenced to 10 years eight months.

Richardson admitted wounding but Woodcock was found guilty following a trial.

The officer, who has asked to remain anonymous, later received a commendation from the force for his efforts on the morning of 13 September 2017.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Michelle Woolgrove, said the young victim showed tremendous bravery in speaking out and that his testimony helped secure a conviction.

She added: “He has the physical scars for life but is also being helped to overcome the psychological impact of being involved in such a shocking incident.

“He is on a very long road to recovery but hearing the sentences passed on these two offenders is a great starting point. I wish him and his family my best wishes for the future.”