Sheffield burglar who strangled and knocked out police officers jailed for five years

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Two police officers have been praised for apprehending a violent Sheffield burglar who strangled one officer and kicked the other in the head, knocking him unconscious.

Lee Stephen Fletcher, aged 39, of Stradbroke Road, Woodhouse, was jailed for five years for two counts of burglary, aggravated taking a car without an owner’s consent and two counts of assaulting a police officer.

Lee Stephen Fletcher, aged 39, was jailed

Lee Stephen Fletcher, aged 39, was jailed

Fletcher had stolen a silver van from Abbeydale Road on November 3 then used it to ram a bus and police cars.

Two PCs were in one of the cars and attempted to arrest Fletcher, at which point he became ‘violent and aggressive’.

He kicked one officer in the head, knocking him unconscious, and assaulted and strangled the other. They had to use gas spray and Taser Fletcher twice to arrest him.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, District Commander for Sheffield, said: “Both officers demonstrated exceptional bravery and even when faced with a violent and unpredictable man, they continued with their efforts to arrest him, sustaining serious injuries.

“I’m relieved their injuries were not more severe, but this shows the real risks our frontline officers face on a daily basis to keep the public safe.”