East London man jailed for attacking police with an axe

An East London man has been jailed for seven years after attacking police with an axe as they raided his home.

East London man jailed for attacking police with an axe: Following the incident in May Vasile Alexandru, 30, was convicted of assault on an emergency worker and grievous bodily harm. Police had been asked to search the defendant’s home on 20th May after suspicions that he was running an illegal brothel from the house and that it’s occupants were victims of modern day slavery.

Met Police said that as officers tried to gain entry to the property early in the morning they heard loud banging and had to knock the front door down with a battering ram. However the ram got stuck in the door and, as an offier tried to free it, the glass in the door was shattered from inside, showering the officer in shards that struck his arms, chest, hands and face. It was at that moment that the officer saw the blade of an axe coming at him through the broken window.

When they finally managed to gain entry to the property there was no sign of the man they had seen at the window but they did find 3 women there who told them they were sex workers working of their own free will Scotland Yard said. Alexandru was arrested a few minutes later near the property in Newham.

He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment after a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 18th December.

Detective Inspector Nigel Penny said after the verdict “This case highlights the levels of violence that police officers and other emergency workers can face whilst in the execution of their duty. The message is clear that any levels of violence against our colleagues who serve the public and keep our communities safe will not be tolerated. T

hat is supported by the courts and we will always seek the full force of the judiciary to punish these offenders. The substantial custodial sentence passed down today reflects the severity of the attack on police officers doing their job and is a welcome reminder that our society will not tolerate such acts of violence.”


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