Bolton man, 24, jailed for 12 months after stabbing police officer in chest with screwdriver

By Mancunian Matters staff

A man was jailed for 12 months today for stabbing a Bolton police officer in the chest with a screwdriver.

Shaughan Ryan Boardman, 24, was chased by police officers when he and another man were seen with stolen motorbikes near to the bus terminus on Eagley Way, Bromley Cross.

Boardman lunged twice at the officer who tried to grab him, the first time hitting his armour, but the second time stabbing him near his armpit.

Detective Constable Stuart Round, of Bolton CID, said: “This case demonstrates the dangers faced by police officers who are just trying to their job in their communities.

“There was some excellent police work to get officers to the position where they could confront these thieves, but they were soon confronted by a man who was prepared to use whatever means necessary to escape.”

Boardman, of Priory Place, Tonge Moor, pleaded guilty to section 47 assault on a police officer, assaulting a further police officer and taking two motorcycles without the owner’s consent.

The incident occurred in May, when a man reported his Yamaha motorbike stolen from outside his home on Darwen Road.

Officers attended the scene, including plain clothed officers from Bolton Task Force, and discovered two concealed motorbikes.

After scouring the nearby area, two men were seen ducking down behind the bus stop, where the bikes were hidden.

When officers approached the men and identified themselves as police, they both ran away.

During the pursuit Boardman was detained, but not before stabbing the officer in the chest.

He was found to have a red-handled flat-head screwdriver. The injured officer was taken to hospital where he had treatment to a cut to his side.

The second man remains outstanding.

Detective Constable Round pointed out that the results could have been far worse.

“Thankfully the officer’s body armour did the job it was designed for and prevented a more serious injury and he has been able to make a full recovery,” he said.

Boardman was sentenced to 12 months in jail at Bolton Crown Court today.

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