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Man jailed after assaulting police officer

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

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.