Man who set Newquay police office on fire sentenced

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

A homeless man who doused two police officers in petrol before setting one of them on fire in Newquay has been jailed for ten-and-a-half years.

Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev left PC Darral Mares with severe burns to his legs and hand after he was engulfed in flames during the incident in September.

PC Mares, who was saved from further serious injury by the quick actions of his colleague, PC Alan Lenton, is still recovering from the attack.

He has issued a heartfelt thank-you to all those who have helped him and well-wishers around the world for their ‘humbling’ messages of support.

Bulgarian national Hadjigueorguiev, aged 30, of no fixed abode, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on PC Mares with intent and attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm with intent on PC Lenton.

He was sentenced to ten-and-a-half years in prison by Judge Robert Linford at Truro Crown Court today [Friday 6 November].


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