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Fleeing Peterborough criminal breaks police officer’s finger

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A prolific criminal who was hiding a knife in his trousers and broke a police officer’s finger in two places has been jailed.

Police were on patrol in the area of Bourges Boulevard at about 5am on 20 August when they saw 30-year-old Dillon Currie and another man in the underpass between Mayors Walk and Russell Street.

Upon seeing the officers, Currie – who had been released from prison earlier that month – made a run for it but was detained after a short chase.

In the process, he pushed and shoved DC Stefan Karanja in an attempt to resist arrest, causing one of the officer’s fingers to break in two places.

Injuries to DC Stefan Karanja.

On searching him, a foot-long kitchen knife was found in his waistband, resulting in his arrest.

Currie, of no fixed address, was released from prison on 12 August, after serving part of a sentence for multiple thefts from vehicles across Peterborough.

Upon his arrest he was recalled to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Injuries to DC Stefan Karanja.

He appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (28 October) where he was sentenced to a further nine months in prison after admitting assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and being in possession of a knife in a public place.

In a statement provided to the courts, DC Karanja said how the injury significantly impacted on his everyday life.

She said she was unable to do simple tasks and was signed off from work for six to eight weeks and feeling guilt at putting added pressure on his team at a time when pressures on policing are higher than ever.

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He said: “My life has been turned upside down; the physical, mental, and financial strains with losing out on being able to work additional hours as overtime, still undergoing physiotherapy to regain use of my hand and reflecting on the dangers we, as police officers, put ourselves in every day.

“I hope Currie understands the full impact and consequences of his actions.”

 

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