Bodycam footage has captured the moment a community support officer was stabbed with a pair of scissors by a wanted burglar.
PCSO Sam Bushen believed he had managed to calm Sam Reynolds, 35, down when he went to detain him for a string of burglaries and thefts in Taunton, Somerset.
PCSO Bushen said: ‘I quickly stopped my vehicle and approached Reynolds and asked him to stop, whereby he tried to swing a punch towards me.
‘I caught his arm and restrained him to the floor to defend myself and that is when my body-worn video camera was activated.
‘From that point Reynolds apologised and asked if he could have a cigarette.’
He then reached into his bag for a cigarette lighter, but pulls out the scissors instead.
PCSO Bushen added: ‘I remember being in a bit of daze, like “has this actually happened? How and why did this happen to me?”
‘Physically the wound was minor and just needed cleaning and to be dressed. But mentally I was exhausted.
‘Something I have never had to deal with in my head is someone trying to stab me and actually stabbing me. So that had an effect.’
Despite his injuries, he kept hold of Reynolds until police arrived. Reynolds was jailed to five years in prison.
PCSO Bushen added: ‘We are human beings trying to help solve people’s problems.
‘We have families, children and people in our lives just like you do and we want to go home safe to them each and every day.’