1. ITV Report

Bristol man jailed for racially abusing and attacking police officers

Alexander Beckford is from the St Philips area of Bristol. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A man has been jailed after attacking and racially abusing a police officer in Bristol.

Alexander Beckford, 45, pushed an on-duty police officer on 13 September 2019, leaving him needing hospital treatment for a knee and head injury.

Beckford was arrested where it happened - on Perry Street - before racially abusing a second officer.

He also kicked and tried to bite a third officer when he was in police custody.

He pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, racial abuse and assaulting a police officer at Bristol Crown Court on 14 January.

He has been given a 60-week prison sentence and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £149.

Detective Constable Mike Coleman from Avon and Somerset Police said:

I am pleased with the sentence handed to the defendant. On that day he displayed disgusting behaviour towards three members of staff of Avon and Somerset Police. We will always take attacks on emergency services personnel, such as these, seriously.

– Det Con Mike Coleman