An unprovoked assault against two Kent Police officers has resulted in a Ramsgate man being jailed for a year.
Marshall Mitchell assaulted two police constables after he was stopped for a search following a report a man of his description had been seen attempting to break into a parked vehicle in Ramsgate.
The 29-year-old, of Newington Road, admitted one count of actual bodily harm, one count of assaulting an emergency service worker and two counts of possessing a knife in a public place. He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, February 10.
During the early hours of Sunday, January 5 two Kent Police officers attended Princes Road following a report a man had been seen attempting to break into a parked car.
While carrying out enquiries at the scene the first of the two officers tried to stop him for a search but was pushed to the ground, causing cuts to her knee.
A second officer stopped him in Margate Road following a pursuit and suffered cuts to his hand and knee following a short struggle with Mitchell.
A search of a bag Marshall was carrying, and a bag he was seen to throw under a parked car, led to two knives being uncovered.
Police Constable James Absolon, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: “It is inexcusable that police officers, who above all else seek to protect the public from harm, are assaulted while carrying out their duties.
“Marshall’s offending is further aggravated by the fact he made a conscious decision to carry two knives, one of which was 20cm long with jagged edges. There is no good reason to carry such an object in a public place.”