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BEHIND BARS: Man sentenced after injuring two police officers in Hemel Old Town

 Published on: 27th February 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man was jailed at Luton Crown Court on Friday, February 24, after two police officers sustained knife injuries during an incident in Hemel Hempstead.
Jack Watts, 20, was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article, section 20 grievous bodily harm, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
During the early hours of Tuesday, January 10, police received a call reporting that a woman could be heard screaming in the Old Town area.
Officers attended and located two women, one of whom appeared to be suffering from a medical episode.
While officers were providing assistance to the woman, they were approached by Watts who became aggressive and obstructive when they asked him to leave. He continued to obstruct the officers and was subsequently detained.
A struggle then ensued, during which two officers were injured by an unsheathed knife which was protruding from Watts’ jacket pocket.
One officer sustained a wound to his forearm, while the second was left with slashes to his fingers.
Watts was taken into custody before being charged and remanded. He pleaded guilty to all three charges at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, January 11 . He was also ordered to pay £200 in compensation.
Detective Sergeant Yolanda Morales-Willis, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said: “This was a very distressing incident for the officers involved, who were simply trying to assist a woman who needed their help.
“Thankfully, they weren’t seriously injured, but this is just one example of how officers put themselves in harm’s way every single day to help protect our local communities.
“I am pleased that Watts pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and will now be spending time behind bars.”

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