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Man from Plaistow who attacked police officers with an axe jailed

Vasile Alexandru was sentenced to seven year imprisonment. (credit: Met Police)

A man from Plaistow who attacked police officers with an axe has been jailed.

Vasile Alexandru, 30, of Pelly Road, was sentenced to seven years in prison when he appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 18 December.

The suspect had pleaded guilty in October to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and assault on an emergency worker.

Officers were attacked when executing a search warrant at Alexandru’s home address in May, after the property had come to their attention during a police operation.

It was suspected of being a brothel, the occupants of which were believed to be victims of modern slavery.

On the morning of Wednesday 20th May, an officer, aged in his 40s, struck the front door with an entry tool which became lodged whilst trying to gain access to the premises.

When trying to remove it, the glass in the window of the door was shattered from the inside causing shards to hit several parts of his body.

As this happened, the blade of an axe descended through the broken window.

A second officer, aged in his 30s, sustained a puncture wound to his wrist after shards of glass also hit him.

Both officers describe seeing a man with a beard through the shattered window.

The man had disappeared by the time they were able to gain access to the property but was found near the property a few minutes later.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm and controlling prostitution.

Three women were found inside the property. They confirmed they were sex workers but claimed they were doing so of their own free will.

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