THREE butchers who disarmed a man threatening to stab a terrified healthcare worker in a Monmouthshire village high street have been commended for their bravery.

Chris Bromfield, 37, and brothers William and Jessie Williams (29 and 35), “put themselves in harm’s way to rescue a stranger” by tackling a local paranoid schizophrenic man, David Jacobs, who had armed himself with a kitchen knife.

Jacobs pursued a local health worker - Mark Davies, through the streets of Gilwern, near Abergavenny, after Mr davies had tried to help him.

Recalling the incident, Chris Bromfield told The National: “We could hear screaming and shouting and were told that someone had a knife.

“We ran out of the shop and followed the noise and saw Mr Davies being threatened in a lane nearby.

“I put the man in a headlock and William grabbed his arm and banged it against a wall until he dropped the knife."


“Jessie helped... and we detained [Davies] until the police arrived. It was a bit of a shock afterwards but the adrenalin just kicked in at the time and we wanted to help someone who was in danger.

“Gilwern is usually quite quiet but this was like a scene out of EastEnders.”

Prosecutor Marian Lewis told Cardiff Crown Court how Mr Davies and a colleague had gone to Mr Jacobs’ home over concerns about his mental wellbeing.

The defendant had lashed out at the duo before chasing them with the knife.

Ms Lewis said: “Mr Davies was put in serious fear of his own life. Serious distress was caused. The matter is aggravated because of threats used to public servants.”

Jacobs, formerly a Gilwern resident, pleaded guilty to affray and possessing a blade.The offences were committed on December 12, 2019 and the defendant had three previous convictions.

Dr Phil Huckle, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, gave evidence to say Jacobs was a patient under his care. The court was told how Jacobs had stopped taking medication for his condition at the time of the offences.

Judge Richard Williams told Jacobs: “You repeatedly jabbed at Mr Davies with a knife.

“Three men from a butcher’s shop came out into the street and rescued him.They tried to disarm you.These people acted with considerable courage and enormous public spiritedness in putting themselves in harm’s way to protect Mr Davies, a stranger to them.”

Jacobs will be detained under the Mental Health Act to receive further medical treatment at a secure hospital.

The butchershop trio are to be awarded £500 each for their actions after the judge recommended them to the High Sheriff of Gwent.