Man jailed for ‘horrific’ attack on police officer

Date published: 13 April 2018 14:02
Dated: 13 April 2018 15:00:52

A 22-year-old man has today (Friday 13 April) been sent to prison to 14 years and a half years after admitting seriously assaulting a police officer in Doncaster in September 2017, along with a range of other crimes.

At around 5.30am on Tuesday 19 September 2017, a Fiat Punto was stolen from Heath Grove, Bolton-on-Dearne, after the driver was threatened at knifepoint.

This was the beginning of a violent series of events, which culminated in the serious assault of a SYP officer, by Dale Francis Cheetham.

Around two hours later, at 7.30am, police received a call from Doncaster Council who had captured Cheetham and a second suspect on CCTV assaulting a man at Sandbeck House, Doncaster, after pulling up in the stolen car.

The second suspect was 25-year-old Peter White, also known as Peter Manning, who also appeared before court today.

After the attack, both men got into the Fiat and drove off, where they were spotted by a police officer in an unmarked car in Cleveland Street, Doncaster, who noticed that Cheetham was struggling to control his vehicle.

The Fiat subsequently crashed into a metal barrier, with Cheetham and White running from the vehicle into the Hexthorpe area.

This information was relayed to other officers who were deploying to the area to search for the suspects, as Doncaster Commander Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley explains.

“After Cheetham and White fled from the crashed Fiat on Cleveland Street, they were chased by one of our Police Sergeants down an alleyway near Sheardown Street.

“What came next was an unprovoked, sustained and horrific attack against one of our own, which left an officer with serious head injuries.

“Cheetham repeatedly struck our officer about the head, at one point attempting to grab his baton before managing to take the officer’s handcuffs out of his pocket and using these to inflict further blows to the officer’s head.

“There is no doubt that he intended to cause our officer serious harm and his injuries could have been far more severe – indeed, for a short time immediately after the attack, the injuries were deemed to be life-threatening. This was a truly horrifying assault and the impact of that morning on our policing family will be felt for some time.

“This incident sent shockwaves throughout the local community, officers and staff in Doncaster and indeed the wider force, and I am grateful to everyone who has offered their well-wishes and support throughout the criminal investigation.”

At a hearing before Sheffield Crown Court on 14 February, Cheetham, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the following offences – robbery, possession of a bladed article, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and driving while disqualified. In relation to the attack against the officer, Cheetham pleaded guilty to Section 18 wounding with intent to resist arrest and use of an offensive weapon.

White, of Low Road, Conisbrough, who pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the incident at Sandbeck House, was jailed today for 18 months.

Officer injury photos

Officer injury photos

Dale Cheetham

Dale Cheetham

Peter White

Peter White

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