The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Po­lice have wel­comed the sen­tenc­ing of a man who as­saulted two fe­male of­fi­cers and then threat­ened them with a knife after they came to help him.

Adrian Ex­cell, (50), of Swan Gar­dens, Peter­bor­ough, was sen­tenced to 18 months’ im­pris­on­ment at Cam­bridge Crown Court.

Of­fi­cers had gone to help him after he made threats to end his own life - but in­stead he punched the con­sta­bles, and then grabbed a kitchen knife to threaten them with, hold­ing it to the throat of one of the of­fi­cers.

Ex­cell was jailed last week after plead­ing guilty to a num­ber of of­fences at the court.

Fol­low­ing his sen­tenc­ing, De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Zoe Slater said the two of­fi­cers who had ar­rested Ex­cell had shown ‘out­stand­ing courage’ to help bring him to jus­tice.

He was only stopped when one of the of­fi­cers used her Taser.

The court heard that on Jan­uary 16 this year, Ex­cell had made nu­mer­ous threats to end his own life to his daugh­ter, who im­me­di­ately con­tacted po­lice to get help.

Two of­fi­cers, PCs Nat Hines and Jess Farchica, were sent to check on Ex­cell’s wel­fare and en-route were told he was wanted for a pre­vi­ous al­leged of­fence.

On ar­rival, the pair were let in to the prop­erty but as they ex­plained the pur­pose of their visit, Ex­cell be­came irate and punched PC Hines sev­eral times in the face.

Ex­cell left the room and re­turned with an eight-inch knife from the kitchen.

PC Farchica at­tempted to re­strain him but Ex­cell pinned her against a door and held the knife to her throat.

He then ran at PC Hines, who had put out an emer­gency message on her ra­dio, but be­fore he reached her PC Farchica de­ployed her Taser and he fell to the floor.

He was ar­rested at the scene and later pleaded guilty to at­tempted es­cape from law­ful cus­tody and two counts of as­sault with in­tent to re­sist ap­pre­hen­sion at court ear­lier this year.

DC Zoe Slater said the two of­fi­cers had helped make sure no-one else was harmed in the in­ci­dent.

She said: “These two of­fi­cers showed out­stand­ing courage while deal­ing pro­fes­sion­ally with a hos­tile man.

“Their ac­tions en­sured that no harm came to Ex­cell or any other mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

Adrian Ex­cell

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