Sword and knife threat to police in four-hour Leeds siege


A Leeds thug told a police officer he was going to ‘take his eyes out’ as he threatened him with a sword during a four-hour siege at his home.

Billy Dewdney also threatened officers with a set of dumbells, a golf club, kitchen knives and a wooden baton during the stand-off at the house on Glensdale Terrace, East End Park, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard police were called to a report of a domestic incident at the property on the evening of August 3 this year.

Officers spoke to him through a window and he referred to having an axe.

An officer then went inside the house but Dewdney threatened him with a set of dumbells and told him to leave.

The officer then discharged CS gas spray in Dewdney’s face but it had no effect on him.

The officer left and Dewdney stayed inside his house and continued to shout threats.

He waved a sword around and told one PC that he was going to take his eyes out.

The court heard Dewdney then said: “I’m going to hurt you that much your wife won’t recognise you.”

Dewdney also shouted racial abuse at one of the officers at the scene.

The court heard a police negotiator, armed officers and dogs were called to the street during the four-hour incident before Dewdney eventually agreed to give himself up peacefully.

He was interviewed and admitted that he had been prepared to attack an officer.

He said: “I would have stabbed the first one who walked through the door.”

Dewdney pleaded guilty to affray.

Kate Bissett, mitigating, said he was sorry for what he had done and accepted that he would be facing jail.

Jailing him for 16 months, judge Neil Clark said: “The residents in the area would have been shocked, the police would have been shocked and a large number of officers would have had their time wasted.”