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Teen jailed for assaulting officers who found hunting knife on him

News   •   Jun 08, 2019 08:00 BST

Image: Knife recovered

A man who assaulted officers after being found with a hunting knife during a stop and search has been sentenced.


Hamza Haddadi, 19 (13.01.2000), of Buttermere Close, Leyton E15 admitted to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of possession of an offensive weapon, and criminal damage.

He was sentenced to 14 months’ detainment at a young offenders’ institution at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, 5 June.

On the afternoon of Friday, 17 May, officers from the Leytonstone Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) carried out a proactive search and drug dog operation at Leytonstone underground station stopped Haddadi on the eastbound tube platform.

Haddadi was initially compliant, but appeared agitated. During the search, carried out by Sergeant David Johns and PC Sam Mason, Sergeant Johns opened the zips to his hooded top and saw the handle of a large hunting knife.

At that point Haddadi tried to get away, as the doors to a train that had pulled into the platform opened.

Officers kept hold of him, but Haddadi resisted and elbowed Sergeant Johns in the face, knocking off his glasses.

Haddadi was brought to the floor and handcuffed. A number of officers suffered minor injuries as a result of the scuffle.

In custody, Haddadi was searched and officers found another smaller switch blade knife hidden down his trousers.

The case was led by the North East Area Gangs unit.

Superintendent Ian Brown, of the North East Area Command, attended the hearing to support the officers. He said: “This is a stark reminder of the kind of behaviour Met officers have to deal with on a daily basis. Police officers should be able to go about their jobs without fear of assault, but sadly this is not the reality.

“The body worn video was important evidence. It showed how quickly the situation escalated, and how the officers detained an aggressive suspect without endangering the public, whilst remaining calm and composed throughout.

“The court rightly acknowledged the bravery and the professionalism of the officers, with the Judge stating the seriousness with which assaults on officers are viewed. This is a fine example of how we are taking knives and offenders off the streets, and protecting the public. It also shows how our proactive operations directly result in convictions, and often jail sentences.”