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Peterborough man who pretended to be an ‘undercover police officer’ and stabbed a woman has been jailed

David Watts pretended to be an ‘undercover police officer'. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

A man from Peterborough who pretended to be an ‘undercover police officer’ and stabbed a woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In 2016, 58-year-old David Watts asked his victim to let him into a block of flats that she lived in, in Cambridge.

The two split for a while but Watts then knocked on the woman’s door. He claimed he was conducting a warrant and handcuffed her before taking her to her bedroom.

He threatened to cut off the victims’ toes if she didn’t do what she was told. When she resisted he stabbed her repeatedly in the feet with a knife, causing minor injuries.

The victim tried to run but was pushed to the floor, tied up, blindfolded and gagged.

Watts stole her bank card and made her give him her PIN. He then stole her bike and cycled to Asda on Coldham’s Lane, leaving her handcuffed.

Meanwhile, the victim had managed to attract the attention of police by shouting for help and was taken to hospital.

At 8.23 pm Watts was seen on CCTV using a cash machine outside the store where he took out £80. The footage, as well as DNA found on a window at the victim’s address, led to Watts being identified as a suspect.

On Tuesday, he pleaded pleading guilty to robbery at Cambridge Crown Court. Watts was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with an additional five years on licence.

“Watts turned the victim’s day into something out of a nightmare, all because he wanted to make some money. The things he subjected her to in her own home were frankly terrifying.”

– DC James Firth, Cambridgeshire Police