Police release ‘chilling’ footage of knifeman lunging at officers

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Police in Wales have released bodycam footage showing a man lunging at officers with a kitchen knife as they responded to a routine noise complaint.

PC Hannah Jones and PC Justin Harrold were attending a property in Graig Avenue, Llanelli, when Jan Olav Kvaerneng-Stolp stormed out of his house wielding an eight-inch blade, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

PC Jones raised her baton and PC Harrold fired his incapacitant spray, causing the perpetrator to drop to the floor.

Kvaerneng-Stolp was convicted of affray and sentenced to an 18-month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work at Swansea Crown Court yesterday.

The force released footage of the incident from March 15 to highlight the dangers posed to officers.

Chief Inspector Jolene Mann praised the responding officers as the “perfect team”.

She said: “I watched the body-worn footage and it is chilling.

“I spoke to both officers after the incident, and they explained that at the time they just went into autopilot, however they were understandably frightened.

“Daily, officers across the country lace up their boots, put on their uniforms and respond to incidents. They do it in the knowledge that they could be confronted with an unexpected threat or risk at any passing second, but they do it to protect our communities from harm.”

She said attacks on police officers were attacks on the whole community and “will not be tolerated.”

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