On 14 June, Adam Bellamy and Harry Rawnsley-Gurd have been stopped by a police officer after the pair vandalised the Les Jongleurs statue in Queen Road. The 2 20-year olds then attacked the officer, who was punched a number of instances and repeatedly hit over the pinnacle with a foam scaffolding sleeve.
Video of the incident was posted on social media, exhibiting the wrestle between the vandals and the arresting officer, who sustained minor accidents because of this.
Each males appeared within the Justice of the Peace’s Court docket yesterday morning and pleaded responsible to malicious injury and assaulting a police officer. Every was sentenced to 120 hours’ group service and ordered to pay compensation. Rawnsley-Gurd additionally pleaded responsible to resisting arrest and Bellamy pleaded responsible to escaping lawful custody.
Chief Inspector Craig Jackson stated: ‘We take a zero tolerance strategy to violence in direction of our officers, who’re doing their job in very troublesome circumstances. They need to be capable to perform their duties of preserving the general public and property secure with out the specter of being assaulted.
‘Those that assume it’s acceptable to assault police will really feel the complete drive of the legislation.’