A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after attacking a PCSO with a pair of scissors while he was being arrested.
PCSO Sam Bushen arrested 35-year-old Sam Reynolds under suspicion of burglary on August 5 this year.
Video footage shows Reynolds rummaging through a bag, seemingly to have a cigarette, when he grabs a pair of scissors. Reynolds then threatened and stabbed PCSO Bushen on the arm.
Police officials have stressed that officers should not have to go to work expecting to be assaulted.
Reynolds appeared at Taunton Crown Court today [September 6] charged with three counts of burglary, actual bodily harm, possession of a sharply pointed article, eight counts of theft-related offences, and breach of an existing court order.
He pleaded guilty to all charges as well as a number of other offences which were considered during sentencing.
He has been sentenced to five years in prison.