Dad jailed over police stand-off at Leeds house

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A DAD who was involved in a stand-off with police after threatening his wife with a knife at her home in Leeds has been jailed.

Officers had to use pepper spray to subdue Christopher Hadland after forcing their way into the property when he barricaded himself into a bedroom of the property in Lawnswood.

Leeds Crown Court heard Hadland had earlier forced his way into his estranged partner’s home as she was putting their children to bed.

Hadland, who was heavily drunk and carrying a bottle of vodka, grabbed a mobile phone from his partner and smashed it after she rang police. The 31-year-old then began searching the house for cash and threatened her with three kitchen knives. Nicoletta Alistari, prosecuting, said Hadland’s partner managed to get out of the house with the children and ran to a neighbour’s house. Police arrived but Hadland locked himself inside the house.

He threw knives and other objects out of windows. Hadland then shouted from a window: “Now it’s my time to go. Good night everybody.” Officers force their way into the house when they saw a flame coming from the bedroom and feared he was going to set the house on fire. One officer was struck on the head with an ornament during the struggle. Hadland, of Escott Avenue, Headingley, pleaded guilty to affray, assaulting a police officer and two offences of criminal damage. Ian Cook, mitigating, said Hadland had reverted to drinking and taking drugs at the time of the incident after suffering an injury at work. Hadland was jailed for 15 months.

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “This was prolonged incident. It was fuelled by alcohol and that is a continuing problem as far as you are concerned.”

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