Islington attack

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Alex Traykov was detained after attacking four Met Police officers

A man has been found guilty of carrying out a knife attack on four Metropolitan Police officers in north London

Alex Traykov was cleared of attempted murder, but convicted of three counts of wounding with intent and a fourth charge of attempted wounding with intent.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard Traykov lured officers to Liverpool Road, Islington, on 6 October.

Traykov, of Redhill, Surrey, will be sentenced on 10 May.

The court heard Traykov – who used the alias “Solomon” – rang 999 to report a fight at a house.

He then lay in wait with a large kitchen knife hidden behind his back in the hallway of his friend’s flat.

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Police were called to Liverpool Road in Islington on 6 October 2018

Within three minutes, four constables arrived on the doorstep unprepared for the “extreme violence” about to be unleashed on them, the Old Bailey heard.

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told jurors: “Without hesitation or warning and certainly without the slightest provocation from the officers, he raised his right hand and proceeded to attack the officers.”

Traykov brought the blade down on to the head of PC Istarlin Said-Ali, 31, cutting her hand as she warded off a second blow.

He lunged at PC Rafal Zedziora, 34, cutting his face and slashing the back of his neck.

The 20-year-old went on to attack PC Ben Thomson, 40, before he was Tasered by PC Launa Watkins, 39.

The former Winchester University history student said he was so “high” on strong cannabis he was not thinking straight.

He claimed he had called 999 to play a “prank” on his friend then forgotten all about it and made crumpets with jam.

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