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Man jailed for assaulting four Police Officers

Four assaults against police officers have led to a 16-month prison sentence for a Cuxton man. Keith Harrison assaulted the four officers while they were trying to get him medical treatment, leaving one with a torn shoulder blade muscle and another with a fractured wrist. The 34-year-old, of Charles Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm and three counts of assault. He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday 28 August 2018. The court heard that on 24 April officers from Kent Police attended a property in James Road, Cuxton, after receiving reports of a disturbance. Officers attended and located Harrison, who was behaving erratically after taking cocaine. While they were speaking with the offender, an allegation of assault was been made against him and he was arrested for this reason. Prior to being taken into custody, officers attempted to drive him to a local hospital as they were concerned for his welfare but on the trip he became increasingly violent. This violent and unpredictable nature forced patrols to pull onto the hard shoulder of the M2 in an effort to calm down the situation. While still in the police vehicle, Harrison repeatedly kicked at a police officer before forcing open the rear passenger door with his foot. As an officer went to close the door, he kicked it again – nearly pushing her into a live carriageway. As officers continued to try and restrain him beside the motorway, he repeatedly bit them and kicked them in their faces. As a result of the multiple assaults, officers were left with a dislocated thumb, a fractured wrist and swelling and bruising. The allegation for the assault which saw Harrison initially arrested was withdrawn by the informant. Detective Constable Taylar Pronger, the investigating officer for this case, said: ‘Throughout the entire incident the first priority of the officers involved was to ensure Harrison did not harm himself because of his erratic behaviour. ‘In response he subjected them to unacceptable levels of violence, endangering their lives and the lives of innocent road users. ‘He admitted being under the influence of class A drugs when these offences were committed but there are no mitigating circumstances and a custodial sentence is entirely justified.’

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