Hereford police attacker was in possession of a knife

Hereford police attacker was in possession of a knife <i>(Image: Google Maps)</i>
Hereford police attacker was in possession of a knife (Image: Google Maps)

AN ATTACKER caught in possession of a knife has been ordered to undergo mental health treatment after assaulting police officers in Hereford.

Alisdair Holbourn appeared before magistrates in Hereford for sentencing in November after he was convicted of four offences at an earlier hearing.

The court heard from prosecutor Mark Hambling that the 33-year-old had assaulted three emergency workers, namely police officers, acting in the course of their duties in an incident in Hereford on August 29.

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He had also been in possession of an article which had a blade or was sharply pointed, namely a knife, without good reason or lawful authority, in Hereford’s Eign Street on the same date, magistrates were told.

Holbourn, who is of Victoria Street, Hereford, was ordered to pay compensation of £20 to each of the police officers and received a two-year community order with a 12-month mental health treatment requirement.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £185 and a £114 victim surcharge, which is used to help fund services supporting victims of crime.

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