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Teen convicted of GBH for stabbing police officers in neck and head

Alex Traykov, who lured cops out with a hoax 999 call, was cleared of attempted murder.

16 April, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Alex Traykov

A TEENAGER who knifed police officers in the head and neck outside a house in Angel was convicted of grievous bodily harm (GBH) by a jury at the Old Bailey today.

Alex Traykov, who was 19 at the time, lured officers to a house in Liverpool Road near the junction with Theberton Street, Angel, with a hoax 999 call claiming there had been fight in the area.

Mr Trayov then lunged out at the four officers with a “large knife” in his hand catching them in the head, neck and arms, the court heard.

CCTV footage of the attack

He was charged with attempted murder but the jury acquitted him of this.

PC Istarlin Said Ali, who was face-to-face with Mr Traykov at the door on the night and received the first blow, said: “I joined this job knowing the risks that come with it, however, I never thought I would ever come close to death like I did on that night.

“These past six months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, and stress and pain for me, my family, my colleagues and the wider team I work with.”

Mr Traykov, now 20, was shot with a Tazer by PC Launa Watkins as he “stood over PC Rafal Kedziora with the knife”, according to a police spokeswoman.

He was then detained by PC Ben Thomson.

All officers were injured in the attack on October 6 last year with several requiring stitches.

Mr Traykov blamed cannabis he had smoked earlier in the night for his actions.

He told the court: “I have felt terrible since I came to prison, I have thought about it [the attack] every day. I thought about the officers and how they were injured. I have had problems sleeping.”

Mr Traykov will be sentenced on May 10 at the Old Bailey.

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