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Luton man sentenced to 42 months in prison after assaulting British Transport Police officers

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A 27-year-old man from Luton has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for biting an officer after being found in possession of knives and stolen goods.

Luke Waters from Marlborough Close, Luton, was arrested at St Albans railway station on 12 October 2016.

Officers were carrying out a bike operation at the station, when a member of rail staff alerted BTP officers to Waters, who they believed was acting suspiciously. 
 
A police sergeant and a PCSO approached Waters, who threw his bag and tried to run off.  

The officers caught and searched him, and in doing so, were threatened with a knife.

He then attacked the officers, kicking and punching them, before biting the sergeant on the arm. He was arrested with the help of an off-duty officer.

When they searched him, officers found four knives, £50,000 worth of computer, phone and camera equipment and a £20,000 Philippe Patek watch. These had been taken from a burglary committed immediately before he had made his way to the station. 
PCSO Beauty OBOT said: “The sentence given to Waters reflects the seriousness of the crime and I hope he takes the time to reflect upon his actions in prison.”

Waters pleaded guilty to all the offences at St Albans Crown Court on 6 February 2017.
Waters was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on 6 February for burglary, three counts of possession of a bladed article and two counts of assault by beating.

Notes to Editors
Count one – 40 months for Burglary
Count two – 1 month consecutive for assault
Count three 3 - 1 month consecutive for assault
Counts 4, 5 and 6 – 6 month concurrent on each for possession of a bladed article

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