Crawley hammer attack officer commended in Parliament

Police at crime scene. Photo by reader
Police at crime scene. Photo by reader

A police officer who was attacked with a hammer in Crawley has been commended in Parliament.

Crawley MP Henry Smith and Policing Minister Mike Penning praised the officer as part of a debate on policing on Monday (January 11).

A police spokesman said the officer was taken to hospital after being attacked in Stagelands, Langley Green, at about 10.30am on Thursday (January 7).

Mr Smith said: “Last week, an officer in Crawley suffered an appalling hammer attack. I am pleased to say that he has now recovered. Will my right hon friend pay tribute to the professionalism of Sussex police, which now has the prime suspect in custody?”

Mr Penning said: “Let me say what a fantastic job that officer does, along with other officers. I hope that a full recovery happens soon. Body-worn cameras are going to transform policing, particularly assaults on officers, as can be seen from the roll-out of the pilots. Evidence like that is putting away the sort of criminal people who assault our officers.”

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted burglary, burglary and three counts of threatening a person in a public place in connection with the incident.

Jamshid Piruz, 33, unemployed, of no fixed abode, appeared before Brighton magistrates on Saturday (January 9).

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on February 8.

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