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Man jailed for hitting PCSO with garden ornament

Troy Craig Park Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A Scarborough man has been jailed for three years after a Police Community Support Officer was hit by a garden ornament thrown through a police station window.

Troy Craig Park, 27, from Eastfield and formerly of East Knapton, was found guilty by a jury 6 of assault and criminal damage.

On the night of Sunday August 15 2015, two PCSOs were patrolling the Eastfield area and encountered Park who was in an agitated state and was verbally abusive towards them.

A short time later, they returned to Eastfield police station and were carrying out administrative duties when a concrete garden ornament was thrown through the ground floor window.

The ornament bounced off a desk into the face of one of the PCSOs, hitting her in the face and chest, breaking her glasses and causing bruising and numerous cuts to her face, neck, chest, jaw and ribs.

Park was arrested four days later and subsequently charged with assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence but was found guilty following a three-day trial at York Crown Court where he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment and a further eight months' imprisonment for an unrelated assault.

The sentence handed out to Mr Park demonstrates how seriously the criminal justice system views deliberate violence against the police service and sends a clear message that assaulting those tasked with keeping the public safe will not be tolerated."

– Inspector Andy Short, North Yorkshire Police