Man jailed for assault on police officer

Correction

On 7 February 2018, we reported a press release, issued by Staffordshire Police, covering the conviction of Aaran Birks, 23, from Greaves Lane, Hanbury, Burton-upon-Trent who was convicted of breaking a police officer's leg when resisting arrest.Unfortunately that release included a photograph of the wrong person, an innocent party who was not involved in the case. We apologise to the party concerned. The police have corrected the error and released the correct photo of Birks, (below) who has been jailed for 2 years and 8 months.

A man has been jailed for breaking a police officer's leg while resisting arrest.

Aaran Birks, 23, attacked Sergeant Nigel Roberts on Christmas Day 2017. Officers went to arrest him in Hanbury, Burton-upon-Trent following a domestic incident.

Sergeant Roberts was taken to hospital with a broken leg, which required surgery.

Birks later pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent

He was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at Stafford Crown Court on February 7th 2018.

Unfortunately putting ourselves in harm's way to protect the communities of Staffordshire is a very real part of the job.

SERGEANT NIGEL ROBERTS, STAFFORDSHIRE POLICE
Sergeant Roberts was injured while making an arrest. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Chief Superintendent Jeff Moore, head of neighbourhood and partnerships, added:

We have seen an increase in the number of assaults on police officers in the last 12 months. This can have a lasting effect on officers, and their families, as they deal with the physical and psychological effects.

JEFF MOORE, CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT
Sergeant Roberts required surgery as a result of the attack Credit: Staffordshire Police