BURTON’S top cop has said knife crime will ‘not be tolerated’ in the town – after a man was jailed for eight years for a stabbing attack.
Chief Insp Steve Maskrey, commander of the East Staffordshire local policing team, spoke to the Mail after Carlton Hines was jailed for a daylight attack in Waterloo Street earlier this year.
The area’s policing chief said that the sentence reflected the views of officers in the town that there is a ‘zero tolerance’ to anyone caught with or using a knife.
He said: “I am pleased that the excellent investigation by my offices has been backed by the courts and this sentence handed down.
“It shows people that there is zero tolerance to knife crime in this town and, if people choose to ignore that, then we will come down on them hard.
“I would like to stress that knife crime in Burton is a rarity but, like everywhere, we do have incidents like the one earlier this year.
“I think this incident also showed to me the ill feeling that the public have towards knife crime.
“We have an excellent response from the community during the investigation and their faith and trust in us has been rewarded by the sentence handed out.
“My officers will now work hard to make sure that knife crime remains a rarity in Burton.”
Hines was jailed for eight years after Stafford Crown Court heard how an argument erupted into violence with victim Elliott Deaves.
He was left with a potentially life-threatening injury when the blade cut his liver.
Knifeman Hines followed up with a second stab in to Mr Deaves’s arm and then three or four kicks to the face as the victim screamed for help
The 36-year-old, of Waterloo Street, was jailed after admitting charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.
Recorder Mr Stephen Thomas told him: “Equipping yourself with that knife could only have been for one purpose and use it you did, stabbing him in the abdomen area.”