A man who breached one of the police cordons in Salisbury has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

Jamie Knight, 30, of Fair View Road, Wilton, pleaded guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence, assaulting a police officer, common assault and criminal damage.

The charges related to an incident in The Maltings on 9 March 2018 when Knight breached a police cordon and was restrained by a police officer and a security guard.

He appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on 12 March 2018 and has been sentenced.

In addition to the prison sentence he was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to the two people injured, as well as costs and a victim surcharge.

These cordons have been put in place around Salisbury for two very important reasons - to protect the public and to preserve scenes which may be of interest to the investigation. I'm sure I do not need to emphasise the seriousness of this Major Incident and the potentially dangerous implications of anyone ignoring our cordons. I hope this highlights how robustly the police and the courts will deal with anyone who breaches these cordons and puts themselves and others at risk. I recognise the disruption to local businesses and local people and want to highlight the commitment of all agencies who are working tirelessly to bring affected areas back to normality. I would like to thank the general public who have continued to cooperate with the police and other emergency services during this complex and unprecedented investigation.

Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden, Wiltshire Police

In relation to this incident, a 29-year-old man from Salisbury has been arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer and released under investigation pending further enquiries.