A man attacked two GMP Trafford police sergeants with a knife after they attended a crash in Whalley Range.

Jacob Brown attacked PS Foster and PS Ansell in the area of his home on Wood Road on July 26 of last year.

The two GMP Trafford police sergeants were struck several times by their 26-year-old assailant who was stopped only once another officer in attendance at the crash, PC Wolstencroft, used a Taser. PS Ansell in particular suffered serious stab wounds to his neck with one of the stab wounds close to an artery. 

Brown went into custody where, on August 10, he attacked a prison official with a plastic pen and, on September 1, he attacked another prison official with a plastic knife.

He admitted one count of attempted murder and three counts of wounding and this week he was sentenced to a hospital order at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He cannot be discharged until he is deemed to be safe and stable by a Mental Health Tribunal or by a responsible professional with permission from the Ministry of Justice.

Chief Superintendent Colette Rose, commander of GMP Trafford, said: "This display of violence against officers going about their duties is heinous and unspeakable.

"The officers went to work that day to help keep the public safe and were responding to a collision involving a suspected drug driver at the time they were attacked.

"No officer should expect to be assaulted at work, particularly not in such a brutal way, and it is very fortunate that PS Ansell’s injuries were survivable in this case.

"Whilst physical injuries may heal, the mental impact of assaults of this nature on officers can be long lasting. I hope this case shows the seriousness of which we take incidents like this affecting our officers. It won’t be tolerated."

PS Ansell, PS Foster and PC Wolstencroft received the Bravery Award from Chief Constable Stephen Watson last year and the John Egerton Bravery Award from the GMP Federation this month.

Anyone with information about an incident can contact police on 101 or the LiveChat on gmp.police.uk. They can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email jack.tooth@newsquest.co.uk or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.