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Man jailed for breaking female police officer's leg

Ryan Smart has been sentenced to 22 months in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been given almost two years in prison for breaking a police officers leg in Eastbourne.

Ryan Smart, 34, of Elgar Way, Eastbourne was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on June 4. He pleaded guilty to GBH, caused when he was resisting arrest, and was sent to prison for 22 months. He was also given a three year driving ban for failing to provide a sample of blood.

The officer, PC Katie Price, was called to a violent man attacking a woman and found a car, being driven by Smart, driving erratically in the Langney area on September 14 last year. The car was stopped and Smart was suspected of drink driving and assault. When PC Price was trying to arrest him, he viciously kicked her breaking her leg. He then kicked her again when she was on the floor.

"I think this case highlights the risks police officers face everyday as this was a routine job this officer was attending. It also shows that the courts are willing to punish those that injure officers in the line of their duties, which is totally unacceptable. The police are here to protect the public, which was what this officer was trying to do in stopping someone suspected of drink driving and assault. She should be able to carry out her job of protecting the public and not expect to be attacked, thankfully the judge agreed and Smart has been sent to prison."

– DC Steve Shimmons

CCTV Appeal following theft and assault

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are issuing a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following a theft and assault at a Southampton convenience store.

The suspect entered the Co-op on Shirley Road around 9pm, Thursday, May 14, selected several items from the shelves and tried to conceal them.

As he went to leave, he was confronted by a member of staff whom he assaulted before running off. He got away with £20 worth of cheeses.

The shop worker, a 20-year-old man, was uninjured.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 30s, 5ft 10ins tall, toned average build, dark brown hair in a pony tail at the back, clean shaven. Police would like to hear from anyone who knows who he is, recognises him or saw anyone matching his description in the area at the time.


Witness appeal following assault

Police want to speak to these men in connection with an assault Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault that took place in Old Town, Swindon in the early hours of Friday 17th April 2015.

A 30 year old man was seriously assaulted leaving him with lacerations to his head that required 22 stitches. The victim was found by a member of the public in Chandler Close and reported being assaulted by a number of people whilst at a house party.

Police want to speak to these men in connection with an assault Credit: Wiltshire Police

The victim had been in The Sir Daniel Arms some hours before the assault occurred and had met two men in the pub.

The men were unknown to him and the victim recalls leaving the pub with them and ending the evening at a party where it is believed he was assaulted.

The men in the photo are not believed to be suspects in the assault however they may hold vital information and Police are appealing for them to come forward and assist in our enquiries.

Man charged following assaults

Police have charged a man in connection with two assaults in Ashford.

The first incident is reported to have taken place in Southenay Lane, Sellindge, at about 11.45am on Monday 11th May 2015.

The second is reported to have occurred in Brook Street, Woodchurch, shortly after 10.30am on Wednesday 13th May 2015.

On both occasions the victims reported being assaulted by a man with a knife, who ran away empty-handed.

Police are also linking the offences with a third incident in Beckley, East Sussex, at about 11.10am on Wednesday 13th May 2015. Again the victim reported being assaulted by a man with a knife, who ran away empty-handed.

James Knight, 28, of The Street, Wittersham, has been charged with three counts of assault with intent to commit robbery, and three counts of possessing a knife in a public place. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday 15th May 2015.

Man wanted over assault

Adam Baczynski is wanted on suspicion of assault Credit: Dorset Police

Officers investigating an assault in Poole are searching for a 37-year-old man who is believed to be responsible – with a picture of the suspect being released.

Adam Baczynski is wanted on suspicion of assault. The incident took place on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at around 1pm at an address in the Melbury Avenue area.

The victim, a local woman in her 30s, sustained injuries to her head, face and legs. The offender was known to the victim.

Baczynski, originally from Poland, is described as tall and of big build.

“We are releasing this photo in hope that someone will know, or may have seen, where Mr Baczynski is. We believe that he is still in the county, possibly in the Poole and Bournemouth area. While we are not encouraging people to approach Mr Baczynski, we want to reassure them that we have no reason to believe that he’s a threat to the general public. I would encourage anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact Dorset Police in confidence. I am also appealing directly to Mr Baczynski to make contact with us immediately.”

– Police Constable Craig Tiernan of Poole police

Appeal after teenage boy assaulted

Were you in the Bolderwood Road area of the New Forest on Saturday April 11?

Did you see an altercation between a man and a teenage boy on a skateboard near to the A31 roadbridge?

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 13-year-old boy was assaulted while he was out skateboarding with friends between 11.30am and 12.30pm. The boy was recording his friend as he skateboarded along the road when a man driving a dark-coloured Vauxhall car appeared to try and run the boy off the road.

The boy then shouted and the man stopped his car and approached him. He grabbed the boy before pushing him to the ground and standing on his ankle and foot.

The man then also made the boy delete the footage from his camera before leaving the scene in his car.

The man is described as white, aged about 40, about 6ft 5ins tall and of a large build. He had a long ginger beard and was wearing a hat, jeans and a jacket.

“This was a cowardly assault on a defenceless young boy which has resulted in the victim sustained a broken ankle and chipped on on his foot. The weather was good this day and so the area was likely to have been busy with cyclists, dog walkers and tourists and I would urge anyone with any information or who witnessed the incident to contact me."

– PC Jason Andrews


Detectives investigate assault on Kent bus

Police released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the assault Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police has released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak following an assault on a bus in Canterbury.

Officers are investigating the assault on a 16-year-old boy who was on the bus with a friend on Sunday 15 February.

As the vehicle travelled along St Dunstans Street at 2.15pm, a man sitting in front of the teenager punched him in the face. The offender then got up and began shouting before getting off the bus.

A CCTV image of the man police would like to speak to has now become available and officers are appealing for people with information about his identity to come forward.

He is described as white, aged in his 50s, approximately 5ft 10ins tall, medium build, with grey hair. He was wearing a green and brown blazer with dark-coloured trousers.

Anyone with information about the assault, which left the boy with bruising to his face, is asked to call PC Jodie Bryan at Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/004773/15.

Teenager assaulted in Bexhill

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on 18-year-old man who was attacked in Bexhill-on-Sea, on Sunday 22 March.

The victim was part of a dispute that started in Reginald Road and continued on to Victoria Road and Windsor Road between 12.45am and 1am.

He was treated at Conquest Hospital, St Leonards, for bruising and was released later the same day.

"It is possible the victim was hit with a weapon but at this stage we do not know. Please get in contact with us if you saw anything or have any information that can help us establish what happened."

– Detective Constable Paul Semple

Three men, aged 23, 24 and 27, all from Bexhill-on-Sea were arrested on suspicion of attempting to wound with intent. All three were questioned and released on bail until Thursday 23 April.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to email or call 101 quoting serial 63 of 22/03. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Investigation into assault in Shirley

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was assaulted in Shirley.

The incident happened at around 10.10pm on Wednesday, March 4, outside McDonalds and Tesco Express on Shirley High Street, Southampton.

The 48-year-old victim was approached by a man who made a ‘gun gesture’ with his hand pointing at her. He then pushed his hand against her head, still in a gun gesture. As he did this, he made sounds of a gun firing and moved his hand as if a pistol was recoiling.

She swore and shouted at him, drawing the attention of passers-by, and he walked off in the direction of the city centre, towards the railway station.

The victim did not receive any physical injuries but was left extremely distressed and shaken.

Officers have a description of the man they want to speak to:

  • - White
  • - 5ft 10ins
  • - Aged around 30
  • - Wearing dark blue jeans, a khaki green jacket and a khaki green beanie hat
  • - Very skinny
  • - Clean shaven

“The victim has been left extremely upset and distressed by what has happened to her. She is disabled and uses a wheelchair, and she believes that the man targeted her because of her disability. She was assisted by passers-by after the incident, including a group of young girls who were in McDonalds. Were you one of the people who helped her? Did you witness what happened? Anyone who witnessed this incident or recognises the man in the CCTV, is urged to get in touch with us.”

– PC Phil Deeprose

Man charged in connection with assault

Officers investigating an assault in Gosport have charged a man.

Stephen Craig Jones, 35, of Chantry Road, Gosport, has been charged with wounding / inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and assaulting a person occasioning them actual bodily harm.

He is appearing at Portsmouth Magistrates Court today.

The 36-year-old victim was assaulted outside the church of St Thomas the Apostle on the junction of Elson Lane and Elson Road during the early hours of Sunday, March 29.

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