Man charged with attempted murder after officers set alight

A 27-year-old man has been charged with six counts of attempted murder after a flammable liquid was thrown at police officers and a firefighter.

Feb 6, 2024
By Paul Jacques

Five of the Leicestershire Police officers and the firefighter were reported to have been subsequently set alight.

The force said the flames were “quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported”.

Ako Faraji, of Oxford Street, Leicester, has also been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, one count of an offence under Section 24 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 – maliciously administering with a noxious substance intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy any other person – and one count of theft.

He was due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday (February 5).

The theft charge relates to a report of a theft from a business premises in Wharf Street South, Leicester, during the evening of Saturday February 3.

“The other charges relate to an incident at an address in Oxford Street during the early hours of Sunday February 4, in which it was reported that a liquid, believed to be petrol, was thrown at six police officers and a firefighter,” said Leicestershire Police.

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