Man jailed for eight years for PC scissors attack

Craig Goddard
Image caption Craig Goddard carried out a "frenzied attack" on a police officer

A man who stabbed a Cambridgeshire police officer with a pair of scissors has been jailed for eight years.

Craig Goddard, 42, of Surrey Road, Huntingdon, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent but was convicted at Norwich Crown Court.

PC Leigh Fenton received stab wounds to his face in what police described as a "frenzied attack" by Goddard in St Neots on 14 July 2011.

He was responding to a report that Goddard had stolen meat from a shop.

When PC Fenton approached Goddard, he pulled out the scissors and repeatedly tried to stab the officer in the face and head.

He received hospital treatment for the injuries but was able to return to work the following day.

'Daily dangers'

Judge Nicholas Coleman also sentenced him to eight months for possession of a bladed article and four months for theft, with both terms to run concurrently with the eight-year term for causing grievous bodily harm.

Goddard was also placed on a two-year extended licence.

Det Con Martin Brocklebank, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "Goddard armed himself with a weapon and was prepared to use it on anyone who tried to stop him stealing from the store.

"This sort of attack demonstrates the dangers that every officer faces in their day-to-day work."

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