Police officer recorded goodbye message to family on his bodycam as he thought he was going to die in attack

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Alan Keeble punched the police officer repeatedly in an attack in Bromley where the officer thought he was going to die  (Metropolitan Police)
Alan Keeble punched the police officer repeatedly in an attack in Bromley where the officer thought he was going to die (Metropolitan Police)

A police officer left a message for his wife and baby on his bodyworn camera after he was subjected to a vicious attack that left him fearing he was about to die.

The Met PC now has metal plates in his face after being punched repeatedly by Alan Keeble while responding to a domestic disturbance at the 30-year-old’s Bromley home.

The officer, who was knocked backwards on to a table before fellow officers intervened to restrain Keeble, lost consciousness and “thought he was going to die”.

Scotland Yard said the PC “even activated his bodyworn video to record a message to his wife and baby to say goodbye”.

At Croydon crown court yesterday, Keeble was sentenced to seven years in prison for the violent outburst, having earlier pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and assaulting a second police officer.

“Police officers never know what they will face when they attend an incident during their shift”, said Detective Sergeant Danielle Power, of South Area CID.  

“These officers have shown incredible bravery serving on the frontline. The impact of always running into danger and helping the public cannot be underestimated. 

“In this case, Keeble lashed out and viciously attacked the officers for just doing their job. The quick actions of colleagues stopped the situation from becoming much worse. 

“What this officer has had to go through is abhorrent. He has been left with a permanent reminder of the attack with metal plates in his face.

“This sentencing shows that we do not tolerate any abuse of our officers and offenders will be dealt with. Violence has consequences and I am glad Keeble has rightfully been held to account for his actions.”

The incident happened at Keeble’s home in Oakbrook Close, Bromley on February 10, when he was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill. 

After being detained, Keeble became aggressive, clenched his right fist and punched the officer in the face to knock him backwards on to a table.  

The PC received treatment from paramedics at the scene, and was taken to hospital where scans showed he had suffered fractures to his eye and cheek, requiring the insertion of four metal plates. 

 Keeble was ordered to serve an extra three years in licence at the end of his seven-year jail term.

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