Gravesend bike thief attacked off-duty policeman at Abbey Wood station

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A Gravesend man who tried to steal an off-duty police sergeant's bike at Abbey Wood station before assaulting the officer, has been jailed for 18 months.

Javid Ahmadzai, 19, of Havengore Avenue, Gravesend, attacked the officer just after midnight on August 4 last year - and could have seriously injured him if passengers had not intervened.

Sergeant Brian Washbourn, a 42-year-old based in Greenwich,  was off-duty and travelling home from work at the time of the attack.

Detective Constable Mark Agrippa, of British Transport Police’s (BTP) robbery squad, said: "The victim boarded the train at Woolwich Arsenal station and placed his bike close to doors.

"When the train arrived at Abbey Wood, Ahmadzai and a group of men got off the adjacent carriage and, while walking past the open doors, attempted to grab the cycle.

"The victim intervened and was assaulted while trying to prevent Ahmadzai from stealing his bike. Thanks to the efforts of fellow passengers on the train, Ahmadzai left the scene empty handed."

Ahmadzai was arrested after detectives circulated CCTV footage from the train to police officers across the area.  He later pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit robbery.

DC Agrippa added: "This was a completely unacceptable assault. Members of the public have the right to travel on the rail network without the fear of violence."

Speaking after the May 20 sentencing at Blackfriars Crown Court, Sergeant Washbourn said: "I'm pleased that my colleagues in BTP were rewarded for their hard work in securing this conviction.

"I was quite shaken by the incident and if it hadn’t been for the intervention of other passengers I fear I would have been seriously assaulted."

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12:46pm Wed 28 May 14

SidcupResident says...

No deportation order as usual....

On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that.
No deportation order as usual.... On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that. SidcupResident
  • Score: 30

1:52pm Wed 28 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

SidcupResident wrote:
No deportation order as usual....

On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that.
Speaking from experience are ya boi ?
[quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: No deportation order as usual.... On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that.[/p][/quote]Speaking from experience are ya boi ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 25

3:03pm Wed 28 May 14

SidcupResident says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
SidcupResident wrote:
No deportation order as usual....

On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that.
Speaking from experience are ya boi ?
Nope, just speaking from others experiences.

Google 'prison rapes' and you'll see how rife it is.

Chris Grayling (Secretary of State for Justice) has even blocked research into prison rape.
http://www.theguardi
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xual-assault-jail

The irony is it's one of the few deterrents left within the prison system. Perhaps the government wants criminals to find out how common prison rape is first hand and then let them tell the horror stories to their friends and family themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: No deportation order as usual.... On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that.[/p][/quote]Speaking from experience are ya boi ?[/p][/quote]Nope, just speaking from others experiences. Google 'prison rapes' and you'll see how rife it is. Chris Grayling (Secretary of State for Justice) has even blocked research into prison rape. http://www.theguardi an.com/commentisfree /2014/may/06/chris-g rayling-blocking-res earch-rape-prison-se xual-assault-jail The irony is it's one of the few deterrents left within the prison system. Perhaps the government wants criminals to find out how common prison rape is first hand and then let them tell the horror stories to their friends and family themselves. SidcupResident
  • Score: 12

3:27pm Wed 28 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Perhaps we could pass some new law so that the judiciary can sentence people who you see fit to have a new on ripped on a regular basis. Or maybe just sentence them to however long in the stocks and let anyone so inclined to have at it with them. I'm sure you would be first in the line to administer punishment sonny.
Perhaps we could pass some new law so that the judiciary can sentence people who you see fit to have a new on ripped on a regular basis. Or maybe just sentence them to however long in the stocks and let anyone so inclined to have at it with them. I'm sure you would be first in the line to administer punishment sonny. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 7

4:53pm Wed 28 May 14

the wall says...

SidcupResident wrote:
No deportation order as usual....

On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that.
So you know he wasn't born here then.
[quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: No deportation order as usual.... On the plus side, I'm sure he'll be very popular in the prison showers with hair like that.[/p][/quote]So you know he wasn't born here then. the wall
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Wed 28 May 14

The Beast of Belvedere says...

Being passed around E-Wing like a bag of toffees, hopefully.
Being passed around E-Wing like a bag of toffees, hopefully. The Beast of Belvedere
  • Score: 7

11:18am Fri 30 May 14

Danish Pastry says...

Aside for unhelpful comments about prison rape and the nationality of the thief, how about some words for a man who protects others in the community but is attacked by a lowlife while going about his daily business. Hope this young man takes some time inside to reflect on his actions, particularly if he ever needs the police one day...
Aside for unhelpful comments about prison rape and the nationality of the thief, how about some words for a man who protects others in the community but is attacked by a lowlife while going about his daily business. Hope this young man takes some time inside to reflect on his actions, particularly if he ever needs the police one day... Danish Pastry
  • Score: 0

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