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Man who stabbed police officers and dog remanded

A MAN who stabbed two police officers and a police dog was remanded in custody by magistrates in Swindon, Wiltshire last week.

Somali translator Essa Suleiman, 26, of Boundary Lane in Camberwell, London was ordered to appear at Swindon Crown Court today (1 February).

Suleiman faces charges of wounding with intent in connection with an attack on the two officers and the dog, Anya, which tried to protect them.

As previously reported, Pc Michael Mansell, Pc Neil Sampson and Pc Sampson's dog Anya were stabbed during a confrontation with a man wielding a knife in early January.

Pc Sampson underwent surgery at Great Western Hospital in Swindon and is now recovering at home. Pc Mansell was not as badly injured as his colleague. He suffered knife injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

Anya the police dog received a stab wound to the chest and was monitored overnight by a vet, but the injury is not life threatening.

The German shepherd is two-and-a-half-years-old and has been an operational police dog for six months. It is hoped that, like her master, Anya will be back on the beat in the not-too-distant future.

Suleiman was also charged with inflicting actual bodily harm on fellow Somali, Ahmed Huriye, threatening or using unlawful violence towards him and damaging police property.
The attack happened at Briars Wood Court in Liden, Swindon, on 3 January.