On October 9 2017, a City of London Police investigation led to the imprisonment of Timmy Sullivan, 30, who threw ammonia in the face of two City of London Police officers who had pulled him over for dangerous driving. Sullivan received an extended sentence of 11 years and three months for attempting to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

Following the sentence, PC Simon Ashton from the City of London Police, who was on the receiving end of Sullivan’s attack, bravely spoke about the night of the incident, his injuries, and the aftermath – including his return to work after just seven days. Reflecting on the altercation in a video released today by the City of London Police, he commented: “I was fighting, at that particular time, I believed, for my life. He managed to get an arm free, at which point I had a liquid thrown in my face.”