Man, 27, jailed for 12 weeks after assaulting and racially abusing Nottinghamshire Police officer in the wake of series of 'sickening' attacks on emergency workers
A man has been jailed for 12 weeks after he assaulted and racially abused a police officer during a series of 'sickening' attacks on emergency workers.
Bradley Jones, 27, of no fixed address, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with an incident on Lincoln Road, Newark, on January 7, whereby he committed theft; assault on an emergency worker; racially aggravated assault on an emergency worker; breach of a restraining order; and threatening behaviour.
It comes after a series of attacks on Newark and Sherwood police response officers who were assaulted four times in just 48 hours this week.
Heather Sutton, Neighbourhood Inspector for Newark and Sherwood, recently spoke about the ‘sickening attacks’, stating assaults on her officers would not be tolerated.
Only two hours after officers attended the incident on Lincoln Road, police were called to Trinity Road, Edwinstowe, to reports of a violent man.
A knife and knuckle duster were recovered at the scene and a 34-year-old man was arrested. He was taken to King's Mill Hospital where an officer was kicked in the head.
The man has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
On January 5 at around 11.10pm, officers attended Blue Bell Woods Lane, Clipstone, after a report of a distressed woman.
When police arrived at the scene, a woman allegedly bit an officer on the hand. The woman has since been released from custody.
Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “There have been a number of assaults on our officers in recent weeks and in my view, even one is one too many.
"The primary purpose of our officers is to keep the public safe by upholding the law firmly and fairly.
“That’s what they come to work every day to do. They are also a part of your community — most of them live within Nottinghamshire and they too are mums, dads, brothers and sisters.
“When they come to work, a core part of their role is to protect and reassure you.
“I find it quite abhorrent that somebody would wish to attack an officer while they are doing this really important job.
“We take all matters of violence extremely seriously and attacks on police officers are no exception to this.
“Any such attacks will always be investigated thoroughly and offenders will be brought to justice.”
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