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Man who injured officer while trying to evade arrest is jailed - London

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A prolific thief who seriously injured an officer’s wrist while trying to evade arrest has been jailed for 30 months.

Christopher Haynes, aged 38, of Camberwell Church Street in Southwark, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday 16 July.

On three occasions between December 2017 and April 2018, Haynes stole high value items – including cosmetics and perfumes - from Boots stores at Waterloo and Charing Cross.

On 3 January, PC Cerys Davis saw Haynes at Waterloo station and recognised him. In the ensuing struggle, in which Haynes tried to resist arrest, PC Davis suffered serious ligament injury to her wrist.

The injury required hospital treatment and long term physiotherapy in order for her to return to frontline duties.

Haynes pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and one count of assault with intent to resist arrest at City of London Magistrates’ Court on 25 May.

Investigating officer PC Chris Ryan said: “Chris Haynes was a prolific offender and PC Davis showed tremendous courage while attempting to arrest him that resulted in her sustaining a serious wrist injury.

“Along with the thefts, this sentence shows that violence towards police will not be tolerated.

“We feel the sentence reflects the hard work and dedication of officers involved in what was a challenging investigation.”

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