Shocking moment driver, 46, RAMS car into police station

Shocking moment driver, 46, RAMS car into police station then splashes building with PETROL in bid to set it ablaze in revenge attack after officers ‘failed to find his stolen vehicle’ – as he is given indefinite hospital order

  • Adam Pawlowski, 46, of Enfield, slammed car in Edmonton Police Station doors
  • He then left the car and threw petrol at the station and on road and set it on fire
  • Judge Barbara Mensah sentenced him in Wood Green to indefinite hospital order

Adam Pawlowski (pictured), 46, from Enfield caused ‘shock, disbelief and fear’ after slamming his car into the doors of Edmonton Police Station on November 11 2020 after planning the incident for two years

A man who crashed a car into a London police station before trying to set the building on fire in a grudge attack has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order.

Adam Pawlowski, 46, from Enfield caused ‘shock, disbelief and fear’ after slamming his car into the doors of Edmonton Police Station on November 11 2020 after planning the incident for two years.

He then left the car and threw petrol at the police station, around the pavement and on the road before setting it alight.

On Thursday, Judge Barbara Mensah sentenced Pawlowski, who is Polish, at Wood Green Crown Court to an indefinite hospital order and disqualified him from driving for 12 months with requirement to take an extended vehicle test, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Pawlowski had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to dangerous driving, criminal damage and attempted arson reckless to life being endangered.

A charge of attempted arson with intent to endanger life was left to lie on file, the Met said.

He smashed the car into the station then left it and threw petrol at the police station, around the pavement and on the road before setting it alight

The incident occurred at about 7pm on 11 November, 2020, after a car slammed into the doors of the station before the driver revved the engines, filling the front office with smoke.

Pawlowski then got out of the car and retrieved a canister of petrol from the back of the car before setting the vehicle alight.

He was tackled by a member of the public before police officers moved in shortly after.

Officers were evacuated from Edmonton police station and nearby residents were told to leave their homes following the incident.

On Thursday, Judge Barbara Mensah sentenced Pawlowski, who is Polish, at Wood Green Crown Court to an indefinite hospital order and disqualified him from driving for 12 months with requirement to take an extended vehicle test, according to the Metropolitan Police

Officers were evacuated from Edmonton police station and nearby residents were told to leave their homes following the incident. Pictured: The battered car after the smash

London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service attended and no injuries were reported, police said.

Pawlowski was taken into custody and said he had been planning the incident for about two-and-a-half years, choosing the date and time because the numbers one and seven were personally significant to him.

The court heard that Pawlowski held a grudge against the police due to previous interactions including one in which his car was stolen and never found after an investigation, the Met said.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, head of policing for Haringey and Enfield, said: ‘When shown parts of the footage during police interview, Pawlowski laughed, but the actions he took that day could have had devastating consequences.

Witnesses captured the moment officers tackled the suspect Pawlowski to the ground outside Edmonton Police Station

‘The officers who responded were confronted with a chaotic and frightening scenario but acted with the utmost courage and bravery to swiftly detain Pawlowski.

‘Following the incident, support was provided to the staff who man our front counter, who were going about their work when this distressing ordeal unfolded. Very luckily, no one was injured.

‘The member of the public who helped apprehend Pawlowski left the scene and was never traced, despite extensive efforts. I’d like to extend our thanks to them for their bravery in assisting my officers.’

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