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Man sentenced to two years in prison for injuring a police officer after ramming into patrol car

Paul Morton injured a Cleveland Police officer in the attack Credit: Cleveland Police

A man has been jailed for two years after deliberately ramming a police car, injuring an officer who was sitting inside.

Paul Morton, 31, from Gateshead, twice reversed his 4x4 into the patrol car which was parked outside a house in Hartlepool in October.

Teesside Crown Court heard the officer feared he would be killed and was left with head, neck and shoulder injuries.

Morton is guilty of dangerous driving and assault causing actual bodily harm. and has been disqualified from driving for two years after his release.

  • Chief Constable Richard Lewis said:

No officer should be subjected to any form of abuse when carrying out their duties and I hope today’s sentence sends out a strong message to offenders that we will take all steps possible to prosecute and bring those responsible to justice should anyone subject our officers to any form of abuse.

Our officers protect the public living in our communities around the clock. They put their lives on the line for others and they do not deserve to be targeted in this way.

Since the beginning of the year, 48 officers have been assaulted in Cleveland and this behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

I would like to thank the officer involved in this particular incident for his hard work, dedication and bravery for both the Force and the public. I wish him all the best with his recovery.

– Chief Constable Richard Lewis

The force said they are "satisfied with the sentence" handed to Morton and will maintain a zero-tolerance approach to any form of abuse against their officers.

  • Hartlepool CID Detective Inspector Mark Hanson said:

This was a targeted and potentially very dangerous attack on one of our colleagues who was simply carrying out this duties.

Anyone who believes that carrying out attacks like this is acceptable can fully expect to be put before the court to answer for their actions.

The injured officer is still recovering from the incident. Thankfully he was not more seriously injured, however, the impact of any incident such as this is not only physical.

We hope the sentence passed today provides some form of comfort to our colleague. Justice has been served and Morton will be behind bars for some time.

– Hartlepool CID Detective Inspector Mark Hanson