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Man jailed for hitting police officer in Worthing

A man has been jailed for 10 years after striking a police officer several times over the head with a baton.

Ross McPherson, 24, of Teville Road, Worthing, was found guilty of committing attempted grevious bodily harm with intent and affray on 4 December last year.

The court heard there was a joint operation between Sussex Police and British Transport Police into bike thefts and drug crimes around Worthing railway station. During a routine stop check, McPherson was stopped but became verbally abusive and threatening towards three police officers.

Ross McPherson has been jailed for ten years Credit: ITV Meridian

He was sprayed with Captor spray but continued to be aggressive. As an officer went to draw his baton, he dropped it during a tussle with McPherson and it landed at his feet. McPherson picked up the baton and took a swing at two women police officers narrowly missing their heads and upper bodies.

He then chased two police officers up the street with the baton.More plain clothed officers came from the station to assist the Sussex officers and one of them was struck on the head a number of times with the police baton. Fortunately he did not receive severe injures.

McPherson was eventually stopped and arrested.

He went on trial last week at Woolwich Crown Court and after a five-days was found guilty of the two charges and sentenced.

Sussex police officer killed in motorbike accident

A motorcyclist who died in a collision near Ditchling on Tuesday has been named as Neil Crouch from Scaynes Hill.

Neil, a serving Sussex Police officer based at Gatwick, died at the scene after his motorbike was in collision with a Ford Focus and a Daihatsu Charade on the B2112 Common Lane, just south of the junction with the B2113 Folders Lane.

He was off duty at the time. The occupants of the two cars were uninjured.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Motcombe.