Man charged after car theft along Cheshunt railway line, two police officers injured

A man has been charged in connection with an incident in which a stolen vehicle was driven along the railroad tracks in Cheshunt.

Two police officers were also injured and thousands of pounds of damage was caused to the railway infrastructure.

At around 9:30 am on Thursday July 15, Herts Police were informed that a vehicle which had previously been stolen from Braintree in Essex had entered the county.

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The vehicle was in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, and Essex Police officers attempted to speak to the driver.

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The vehicle then fled, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process.

Officers from Hertfordshire were also involved in the search and the vehicle was found abandoned on nearby train tracks in the Windmill Lane area.

Extensive investigations were carried out by officers from Herts Police Tactical Resources, which resulted in the arrest of one man and the charge of several offenses.

A cordon has been put in place near Cheshunt station

Keiran Francis, 34, of Henniker Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, has been charged with:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle;
  • Two counts of criminal damages;
  • Driving during disqualification;
  • Driving without insurance;
  • Assault on a rescuer;
  • Dangerous driving;
  • Illegally and maliciously crossing the railway tracks by a wagon with the intention of endangering the safety of any person traveling or being on the tracks.

He was due to appear in Hatfield Magistrates’ Court via video link on Friday, July 30.

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Chief Detective Inspector Mark Clawson said: “I want to reassure the community that the police will relentlessly pursue criminals whose actions endanger the safety of the public and the police.

“This manhunt ended incredibly quickly, in just 13 days, and involved specialist officers from Hertfordshire Tactical Resources.

“Thank you to everyone involved for their skills and professionalism during this difficult operation. “

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