Of­fi­cers are praised for de­fus­ing ‘fright­en­ing’ in­ci­dent

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE of­fi­cers have been praised for their han­dling of the stand off.

In a state­ment read out in court, PC Rob Fisher said it was the clos­est he had come to in­jury in his 11 year ca­reer, adding: “If it wasn’t for the quick ac­tions of the of­fi­cers, there would have been in­juries to ei­ther the po­lice or others.

“The in­ci­dent has left some of­fi­cers deeply af­fected.”

Two psy­chi­atric med­i­cal re­ports ar­gued that Al-Zidgali’s men­tal state re­duced his cul­pa­bil­ity sig­nif­i­cantly.

Sen­tenc­ing Al-Zidgali to un­dergo men­tal health and al­co­hol treat­ment and a two year su­per­vi­sion or­der, Judge Neil Fle­witt said: “It was a fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for your par­ents and ter­ri­fy­ing for the of­fi­cers sent to deal with you, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of the threats to kill, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of the harm you posed in such a volatile state.

“Of­fi­cers had gen­uine fears you would harm them. Or­di­nar­ily this would be a prison sen­tence, but your men­tal health was par­tic­u­larly frag­ile. You have de­pres­sion, al­co­hol de­pen­dance and a men­tal dis­or­der due to cannabis use. It re­mains frag­ile be­cause of the stress of your time in prison [on re­mand].”

●● Res­i­dents protest­ing against plans to charge for use of the As­tle Court Com­mu­nity Room

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