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Cops praised for tackling knifeman as thug jailed for 14 years

Two West Midlands Police officers have been praised for facing down a violent robber as he wielded a hammer and knife in a Birmingham street.

Neighbourhood cops Adam Jones and Jack Gallagher confronted Ryan Liebenrood − wanted over a knife attack in which a man’s hand was sliced open − after spotting him in Olton Boulevard East, Acocks Green, on 3 June.

Liebenrood pulled a knife and hammer on the two officers while making threats to kill. However, the brave bobbies managed to disarm the 33-year-old and using their batons and CS spray incapacitated him before making an arrest.

Last week (Thurs 22 Nov) Liebenrood, of no fixed address, was jailed for a total of 14 years after admitting several armed offences, including a robbery in Devon where he seriously injured a man with a sickle.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Craig Tennant, said: “Liebenrood is a man with a history of extreme violence with weapons… it took some guts for the two neighbourhood cops to front him up and detain him before he could risk injuring anyone else.

“They did a fantastic job and their bravery has now resulted in Liebenrood being put behind bars for a long time."

Ryan Liebenrood
Ryan Liebenrood

Liebenrood was wanted over a 14 May wounding at a flat in Torquay Road, Newton Abbot that left a man with a 10cm gash across his hand.

The crack cocaine addict − who claimed he committed offences to pay of spiralling drugs debts − lashed out with a sickle through a smashed door pane and struck the 58-year-old victim as he tried holding shut the door.

Moments earlier he’d struck another man at the address over the head with a hammer as he demanded cash and drugs.

Liebenrood fled to the West Midlands where his offending continued on 19 May when he tried to smash his way into a property in Warwick Road with a rake.

He failed to gain entry and was also chased off after sneaking into a house in Meadway, Stechford, two days later before his arrest on June 3.

PC Adam Jones − who has been with West Midlands Police for 10 years − recalled: “We were heading back to the station but thought we’d have a bit of a drive around on the lookout for Liebenrood as we knew he was wanted.

“Luckily enough we spotted him and as we approached he pulled out a hammer followed by the knife. He was waving both in our faces, threatening to chop our heads off, and refusing to put the weapons down.

The hammer and knife
The hammer and the knife

“The adrenalin kicked in and we managed to overpower him before he could do any damage; it was good to hear he’d been given a long prison term."

Liebenrood was jailed for nine years for attempted robbery and wounding on 14 May, plus an extra three years for another robbery attempt at the same Devon address on 9 May and consecutive one-year terms for the Acocks Green attempted break-in and 3 June weapons offences. He admitted the offences.

Det Con Tennant added: “Liebenrood targeted the homes of people he knew… in some cases associates of his going back 20 years who he thought he could intimidate for cash or drugs.

“He’s a dangerous, unpredictable individual and I’m pleased the courts have recognised that in handing him a lengthy jail sentence."