Dagenham man jailed after attacking police officer with a sword

A man has been jailed for seven years after he attacked an officer with a sword.

Dagenham man jailed after attacking police officer with a sword. The four-foot-long sword severed the officer’s finger. Horrific body-cam footage showed Anthony Browne, 63, lunging at the policeman after revealing the weapon.

The shocking incident happened after police were called to an address in Dagenham on 30th November last year. Browne can be seen waving the sword in the officers faces after they confronted him.

The sword partially severed the officer’s finger and also broke his hand.

The policeman in question had to undergo surgery and is receiving ongoing treatment. At Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday Browne was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to GBH.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman said “Anyone watching the body-worn video footage will agree that it is completely unacceptable that officers are met with extreme violence like this.

The officer’s colleagues were certainly quickly on scene when the alarm was raised. The fact his injuries were not life-threatening was fortunate, particularly for Browne, who could have found himself facing even more serious charges.”

He went on to say “I’m quite sure that this will have a lasting impact on the officer concerned who showed great courage in the face of danger. The dramatic escalation of violence and aggression showed by Browne highlights both the bravery and risks police officers often face, particularly in someone’s own home.

It also demonstrates that anyone who assaults an officer whilst carrying out their duty, no matter what the circumstances, will find themselves before the courts, so be warned.”

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