A motorist who abandoned a stolen car on railway tracks and injured two officers in Cheshunt has been jailed for 10 years.

Kieron Francis, of Fossway, Dagenham, was found guilty of two counts of endangering life, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, two offences of criminal damage, unlawfully driving on the railway tracks and abandoning the vehicle.

He was cleared of stealing the vehicle.

At around 9.30am on Thursday, July 15, 2021, the police control room was made aware that a stolen Land Rover had travelled into Hertfordshire ground from Essex.

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The vehicle was located in Cheshunt and officers from Essex Police’s Road Policing Unit attempted to speak to the Francis.

The 36-year-old then made off in the car, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process.

After a search by police, the vehicle was found abandoned on nearby train tracks in Windmill Lane, forcing 66 train services to be cancelled.

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An extensive investigation was launched and Francis was arrested on July 28, 2021.

"Francis’ actions on that day were extremely dangerous and it’s a miracle that no one was more seriously hurt," said Detective Constable Jim Simpson, from Hertfordshire police's Specialist Investigation Team.

"I’m very pleased that the efforts of all the officers involved have led to convictions for such rarely used legislation, that encompassed the full intent of Francis’ actions."