Five years for police attacker
AN ATTACK on two Hackney policemen in May, in which the borough’s Orthodox community was praised for the help and support it gave, has ended with a man being jailed for five years.
Unemployed Kristofer Guler, 25, had stabbed PC Mark Naughton in the thigh and attempted to stab PC Christopher Walters after they saw him acting suspiciously in Church Street, Stoke Newington.
The officers had wrestled a gun from his grasp. Guler then ran into a cemetery before being arrested some time later.
Despite it being Shabbat, members of the community helped the injured officers immediately after the attack.
Others supplied food and hot drinks to officers who spent the weekend searching the cemetery for other missing weapons, in appalling weather. Jewish members of the borough’s Independent Police Advisory Group also visited the scene to offer their support.
Hackney police borough commander Chief Supt Steve Dann gave unstinting praise to the community for their help. He was “proud to lead a borough where our relationship with all the communities we serve is so strong”.