St Albans man jailed for knocking police officer unconscious with broom

St Albans man sentenced for assaulting police officer

St Albans man sentenced for assaulting police officer - Credit: Archant

A St Albans man has been jailed after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Watling Street resident William Saunders, 38, was arrested on December 7 last year after he hit a police officer on the head with the handle of a broom, causing her to lose consciousness.

The incident happened when police were making investigations in the local area.

Although shaken, the officer was not seriously hurt, and Saunders was promptly arrested shortly after.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 weeks’ prison at St Albans Crown Court last Wednesday (October 11).

Detective Inspector John Hazeldine, who leads Welwyn Hatfield’s Local Crime Unit, said: “We will not tolerate assaults on our officers who are doing everything they can to keep the residents of Hertfordshire safe.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of this sentencing and I hope that it serves as a warning to anyone who considers attacking our officers in future.”