A 23-year-old man who made a false report of robbery in Turnford - so he could use a meat cleaver to assault the police officers attending - has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Andrea Buzzanca of Stanstead Road, Hoddesdon was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court, after pleading guilty to charges of attempting to wound with intent to do grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
The court heard how at around 3pm on April 13th last year, Buzzanca called the police to report that he had been robbed near the College in High Road.
When two Officers arrived, he took a meat cleaver out of a bag and swung it at them, striking a female officer's arm. She managed to get back into the officers’ patrol vehicle, whilst calling for assistance.
Buzzanca then backed away from the officers. He dropped the knife, allowing the officers to arrest him.
Detective Constable Sam Davey from the Broxbourne Local Crime Unit led the investigation into the incident. He said: “This was a truly shocking act as the attending officers believed they were speaking with a victim of crime, not a would-be attacker.
“Thankfully, neither officer was seriously injured. However, due to the dangerous and reckless actions of Buzzanca, the outcome could have easily been a lot, lot worse.”
Broxbourne Chief Inspector Craig Flint added: “Despite coming under such a violent assault, both officers conducted themselves with complete professionalism, putting the safety of the public as their paramount concern.
“Whilst our officers never know what they might deal with during their day, no one should expect to be targeted and attacked. Thankfully such incidents are rare.”