West Bromwich: Brothers lash out with knives in frantic attack on police at shopping centre

The horrific attack took place after the brothers were stopped and searched

The horrifying attack took place after the brothers were stopped and searched (Image: West Midlands Police/SWNS)

Two brothers who were gutted by cops in a crazed knife attack at a mall have been sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison.

Maninder Hunjan, 26, and Parminder Hunjan, 37, launched the horrifying attack during a routine stop and search in West Bromwich in the Midlands.

Body cam footage and CCTV captured the duo carrying out the attack while other shoppers fled on July 21 last year.

The brothers, both high on cannabis, pulled knives from a backpack containing an “army”.

They then began beating PC Leon Mittoo and PC James Willetts who valiantly continued to try to hold the men down despite suffering bloody injuries.

Harrowing footage shows officers frantically wrestling with the violent suspects while women scream in the background.

PC Mittoo suffered a laceration to the head which required stitches and cuts to the hand while PC Willetts suffered a wound to the back of his head.

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The couple’s bag later contained a BB gun, revolver, machete, serrated blade, hammer, balaclavas, hammers, smoke grenade and bushman knife.

The Hunjan brothers were acquitted of attempted murder but convicted of aggravated intentional assault after a trial in March.

Both men were also found guilty of possession of a fake firearm with intent to incite fears of violence.

Yesterday Parminder was jailed for ten years while Maninder received eight years at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The brothers will each serve an additional four years in license at the end of their sentences.

Judge Michael Chambers QC previously said the case was “consistent with the profile of terrorism” but could not convict on that basis.

He added: “You were in possession of a backpack containing an arsenal of criminal weapons intended to carry out criminal purposes of a violent nature.

“This is clearly an extremely serious and worrying case.”

Praising the officers’ actions, the judge said: “May I pass on my thanks to the officers who, in the best tradition of West Midlands Police, have behaved in the bravest way.”

PC Leon Mittoo and PC James Willetts who'behaved the bravest

PC Leon Mittoo and PC James Willetts ‘behaving the bravest’ (Image: ITV Central/SWNS)

After the fall, West Midlands Police released graphic footage of the attack, with both officers “fearing they were going to die”.

The court heard officers had previously attempted to stop the Hunjan brothers at the New Square mall when they were carrying jackets and backpacks on a warm day.

Recalling the attack, PC Willetts said: “They kept running towards us screaming, I could see Leon being chased so I started walking towards him but then I suddenly felt a massive, stabbing pain in the back of my head and my helmet flew to the ground.

“I thought at that point one of us would go – in our training we’re taught if it’s ever about knives, put a slice in the wrong place and you can bleed out in minutes.

“The stores had their shutters down to make sure the people inside were safe…You don’t think of yourself, you think of everyone else.”

PC Mittoo added: “Luckily we managed to overpower them but it wasn’t easy and it was also extremely scary for the public.

“Considering the items we found on them, it was a very fortunate escape. It really was a miracle that we only got slightly injured.”

Chief Superintendent Ian Green, Sandwell Police Commander, said he was “incredibly proud” of his officers.

“We still don’t know why the attack happened and we may never know the answer to that,” he said.

“What I do know is that our officers saved lives that day.”

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