A man from Tameside has been jailed for three years after he smashed up a police officers car outside Stalybridge Police Station last month.
Officers leaving the station heard 49 year old Glynn Edwards of Stephens Road, Stalybridge glass smashing and then saw a fire underneath a personal vehicle belonging to one of their colleagues. They then observed a man throwing an object at the car before leaving the scene on foot towards Trinity Street.
He was arrested and charged with arson with intent to endanger life and pleaded guilty.
Yesterday he was sentenced via video link at Minshull Street Crown Court to three years and four months imprisonment.
Detective Sergeant Wayne Marshall, of GMP’s Tameside district, said: “This was an unprovoked arson attack which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a police community support officer’s personal vehicle, whilst they were hard at work protecting the very community in which this happened.
“Edwards committed this crime with an unbelievably brazen attitude – right outside a police station where frontline police officers frequently come and go. Though Edwards claims he was paid to set the car on fire, he has consistently refused assist us with our enquiries by revealing who paid him.
“I hope today’s result demonstrates to members of the public that Greater Manchester Police is 100% committed to bringing criminals to face justice and that neither GMP nor the justice system will tolerate this kind of behaviour.”