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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-10-03

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19 year old sentenced for stabbing a Police Officer

ON Friday, 17 March 2017, Callum Ashes, 19, from Huyton, was sentenced to 9 years detention at a Young Offenders Institution, by Liverpool Crown Court. His sentence was given to him for the wounding with intent of Constable Daniel Hughes on Tuesday, 13 September 2016.

The Court had heard how Callum Ashes, who was wanted on suspicion of rape in Liverpool City Centre on 18 June 2016, had been spotted by a Merseyside Police Office, on that day in September 2016. The Officer then radioed his colleagues for assistance to Ashes. Other Officers then respond and 4 Officers, including Constable Hughes, then to arrest Ashes, on Westmorland Road, Huyton. As they did this 1 of the Officers was thrown to the ground and Constable Hughes, who was walking towards Ashes, tried to intervene. At that point a struggle ensued between Ashes and Constable Hughes and it was during that struggle that Constable Hughes was stabbed 6 times to the head and body. The 3 other Officers managed to separate Constable Hughes and Ashes, but he tried to escape, before being arrested.

Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:- "Callum Ashes is an extremely dangerous individual and the sentencing reflects the danger he presented on the streets of Merseyside. He didn't think twice when he pulled out a knife and stabbed Constable Hughes, who had gone to the aid of a colleague who was trying to arrest him in connection with a serious offence that had occurred in the City centre earlier in the year. Most Officers join the Police because they want to give something back to the community and to keep their communities safe. This incident highlights the dangers Officers face every single day, putting themselves in harm's way to deal with dangerous individuals. The very nature of the job means Officers frequently find themselves in challenging situations. When Officers join the Police Service they know the risks they will face, but despite this they make the decision to join the job and put themselves on the front line protecting our communities every day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Constable Hughes and his colleagues for the bravery they showed last September and to thank Police Officers across Merseyside for the work they do on a daily basis to keep the public safe day in, day out."


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