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Knifeman tracked by drone having attacked a police canine and handler – sUAS Information


A knife-wielding man who lunged at a police canine with a zombie knife in Folkestone has been jailed for 2 years.

Reece Armstrong, 26, of no mounted tackle, was reported to have been concerned in an altercation with one other man in Endrook Valley on the afternoon of Wednesday 23 March 2022.

An officer attended the realm with PD Blue and approached Armstrong at round 4.20pm.

Armstrong initially spoke to the officer earlier than his temper modified and he stood up and produced a big zombie knife from his hoodie.

He turned very aggressive and moved towards the officer and PD Blue while shouting ‘I’m going to kill your canine’.

The officer feared for the security of himself and PD Blue and shouted at Armstrong to cease and step again. Armstrong ignored these instructions and swung the knife within the route of PD Blue. The blade caught his collar however fortuitously didn’t injure him.

Armstrong then fled the scene.

He was later situated in Folkestone City Centre on Monday 28 March by firearms patrols. He once more tried to flee from officers however was caught with the assistance of a police drone and detained. Following his arrest officers situated the zombie knife he had utilized in his assault on PD Blue.

After being interviewed in custody and charged in relation to the offences dedicated, Armstrong was instantly recalled to jail for breaching the phrases of his licence in relation to a separate conviction.

He later pleaded responsible to 2 counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, a depend of assaulting an emergency employee and inflicting worry of violence. He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court docket on Thursday 7 July.

Investigating officer PC Sophia Lateu of Kent Police stated: ‘Armstrong’s behaviour was completely abhorrent; PD Blue and his handler have been extraordinarily fortunate to have the ability to stroll away from this incident unhurt.

‘Daily our officers are required to attend unpredictable, difficult and generally risky conditions. Nonetheless, like another job, officers ought to have the ability to carry out their roles with out being the topic of such disgusting and probably harmful actions.

‘Any assaults on law enforcement officials, employees or our police canines are fully unacceptable, and we is not going to hesitate to prosecute those that put their security and the security of different emergency employees in danger on this approach.’

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