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Man charged in connection with incident in Cheshunt

30 Jul 2021
  • Charges brought against man following incident in Cheshunt.

  • Keiron Francis, aged 34, of Henniker Road, Ipswich has been charged with theft of a vehicle, criminal damages, assault and further offences.

  • He is due to appear at court today (30 July).

A man has been charged in connection with an incident in Cheshunt in which two police officers were injured and thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to railway infrastructure.

At around 9.30am on Thursday 15 July, Hertfordshire Constabulary was made aware that a vehicle which had previously been stolen from Braintree in Essex had travelled into the county.

The vehicle was located in Cheshunt and officers from Essex Police attempted to speak to the driver.

The vehicle then made off, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process.

Officers from Hertfordshire also attended to assist with the search and the vehicle was found abandoned on nearby train tracks, in Windmill Lane.

Extensive enquiries have been carried out by officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Tactical Resources, resulting in a man being arrested and several charges being secured yesterday (Thursday 29 July) by Specialist Detectives.

Keiron Francis, aged 34, of Henniker Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, has been charged with:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Two counts of criminal damage
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Driving with no insurance
  • Assault on an emergency worker
  • Dangerous driving
  • Unlawfully and maliciously putting across the railway a car with intent to endanger the safety of any person travelling or being upon the railway

Francis is due to appear at Hatfield Magistrates Court via video link today (Friday 30 July).

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Clawson said: “I want to reassure the community that the Constabulary will relentlessly pursue those criminals whose actions put the safety of the public and police at risk.

“This manhunt was completed incredibly quickly, in just 13 days, and involved specialist officers from Hertfordshire Tactical Resources.

“Thanks to all those involved for their skill and professionalism during what has been a challenging operation.”

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