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Thug jailed for threatening to behead police officer

Anthony Grogan was jailed for 21 months Credit: Cumbria Police

A man who threatened to kill police officers and brandished a knife at them during a two-hour standoff has today been jailed.

Anthony Grogan, 25, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 21 months at Carlisle Crown Court after pleading guilty to affray, criminal damage, and a racially aggravated public order.

At an earlier hearing a court heard how he held the knife to his throat and threatened to behead a police officer.

The sentence follows a standoff between police and Grogan in the early hours of February 8th, at a property on Thornbarrow Road, Windermere.

Officers visited the house at around 5.50am, looking for Grogan in connection to a warrant issued by the courts.

From inside the home Grogan verbally abused the police outside. He repeatedly threatened to kill officers, brandished a knife at them, and threw an ornament and picture frame in their direction.

Grogan eventually gave himself up and was arrested after two hours of negotiation. At this point, he racially abused a police officer.

Superintendent Rob O’Connor welcomed the decision to jail Grogan.

People like Grogan should not believe it is okay to threaten my officers with a knife and throw objects at them without facing consequences for their action. He can reflect on that during his prison sentence. Police officers do not go to work each day to be threatened by the likes of Grogan. They go to work to protect others, and increasingly are having to protect themselves. Grogan should be ashamed of his actions, and his sentence should send a strong message that threatening police officers with acts of violence will not be tolerated by the courts and wider society.”

– Superintendent Rob O’Connor