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Police sergeant who attacked a neighbour rowing with his parents, is jailed

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A police sergeant who attacked a man while drunk and off-duty has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

44-year-old Stephen William Light waded into an ongoing dispute between his father, step-mother and their neighbour, Andrew Grant, in Workington.

The dispute was about noise nuisance and was under investigation by a council.

As he headed home in the early hours of April 11, after several hours' boozing and 10 pints in town pubs, Light entered Mr Grant's home on Fountains Avenue, uninvited and unannounced.

He grabbed Mr Grant in a headlock and then struck him to the back of his head with a metal kitchen roll holder. Mr Grant suffered an 8cm wound which needed seven stitches and was left scarred.

Part of the makeshift weapon was discovered embedded in a damaged door as police arrived at the scene.

Light - a Northumbria Police sergeant with 23 years service on the force before his dismissal last week - was arrested following his attack.

In a custody suite he was recorded saying: "Regardless of my occupation, I feel let down by the police; I feel let down by the council; I'm in fear for my family's life; if I'm let out, I'll kill him."

Light denied an unlawful wounding charge, claiming he had intended to make a lawful arrest believing that a threat had been made to his parents' home.

But the 44-year-old was convicted, unanimously, by a jury after going on trial.

Light, of Bede Close, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was sentenced today when a victim impact statement from Mr Grant was read: "I could have been killed," said Mr Grant. "I am lucky to be alive."

Light, whose career and reputation was now said to be in "tatters", was jailed by Recorder Julie Clemitson for what she said had been a "determined and sustained attack".

An indefinite restraining order was also imposed to prevent further contact with Mr Grant.