Man jailed for robbery and making threats to kill officers
A man who robbed a man and made threats to stab Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers to death in 999 calls has been jailed for a minimum of seven years.
The incident occurred in Milton Keynes between 5pm and 8.30pm on May 24 last year when 28-year-old Harry Harfield made an emergency call to police and threatened that “an officer was going to be stabbed”.
Following the call, Harfield robbed a man in his fifties in an underpass, demanding his wallet. The man was not injured, and a small quantity of cash was stolen.
Another call was subsequently made “with further threats to police officers” and Harfield was arrested while still on the phone. He was found in possession of a knife.
Harfield pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill, robbery and having an article with a blade or point on June 26 last year and was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Thursday, January 17.
Detective Constable Jacqui Baverstock of the TVP Milton Keynes Investigation Hub, said: “This was a very unpredictable course of action by Harry Harfield and was a terrifying experience for the victim of the robbery who was fortunately uninjured.
“I’d like to thank the victim for his support during this investigation.
“This case also highlights the threats faced by police officers carrying out their day-to-day duty.
“Despite the threat to them, Harfield was safely arrested by officers who were aware of the threats he was making against them.
“Threats of any kind will not be tolerated and will be fully investigated by TVP.”