Man, 57, is charged with attempted murder and ‘causing intentional suffocation’ after a police officer was attacked in a car park leaving him with multiple injuries

  • Max Hallam appeared in court this afternoon where he was charged with attempted murder and also charged with ‘causing intentional suffocation’
  • 57-year-old is next due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on August 12
  • Police officer sustained multiple facial injuries as result of an assault in a car park

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a police officer was attacked in a car park and left with multiple injuries, authorities have confirmed.

Max Hallam, 57, appeared in court this afternoon after being charged with attempted murder and ‘causing intentional suffocation’.

The officer, whose identity has not been revealed, sustained multiple facial injuries following an assault in a car park in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire at around 11am on Tuesday.

Mr Hallam, of High Street, Irthlingborough, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court when he was remanded into custody.

He is next due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on August 12.

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a police officer was attacked in a car park and left with multiple injuries, authorities have confirmed (File image)

Northamptonshire Police tweeted the news this evening on their social media accounts.

In a statement the force said: ‘A man has appeared in court this afternoon (June 29) after being charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

‘Max Hallam, 57, of High Street, Irthlingborough, was also charged with causing intentional suffocation following an incident in Wellingborough town centre on Tuesday, June 28.’

Following Harper’s Law, killing a police officer or 999 worker is to be punished with a harsher sentence that came into effect this week. 

The move extends mandatory life sentences to anyone who commits the manslaughter of an emergency worker on duty, including police, prison officers, firefighters and paramedics.

Judges determine the minimum term someone handed a life sentence serves before they are deemed eligible for release.

Lissie said she believes her husband PC Andrew Harper is ‘smiling down at me with pride and love’ after her campaign for tougher sentences for attacks on emergency service workers

However, there is scope for judges to deviate from this if they feel there are ‘truly exceptional circumstances’.

Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died from his injuries when he was caught in a strap attached to the back of a car and dragged down a winding country road as the trio fled the scene of a quad bike theft in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on the night of August 15 2019.

Henry Long, 19, was sentenced to 16 years and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were handed 13 years in custody over the manslaughter of the Thames Valley Police traffic officer

Mrs Harper said: ‘Almost three years ago my husband was robbed of his life and we were both robbed of our future together.

‘Nothing will ever change that. This law will not change the outcome for his killers.

‘But no longer will a family have to endure the pain of injustice in court as I did those many months ago – and that is a significantly powerful outcome.’

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