30th May, 2020

Man jailed after strangling police officer in Bromsgrove pub

A MAN who strangled a police officer in Bromsgrove on Saturday has been jailed for 24 weeks and ordered to pay £150 compensation.

James Bateman, 23, of no fixed abode was sentenced at Kidderminster Magistrates Court yesterday after admitting assaulting an emergency services worker.

The charge relates to an incident in a pub on Austin Road in Bromsgrove.

Officers were at the pub after receiving a call raising concerns around Bateman’s behaviour.

When they spoke to him he became agitated and the officers needed to restrain him, however he grabbed hold of an officer and strangled him.

Thankfully the officer did not require hospital treatment but was cared for by West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics for injuries to his throat and face.

Ch Insp Edward Hancox welcomed the sentence and said: “Whilst we go into the role of a police officer knowing there is a risk of violence the reality of incidents like this never fails to shock.

“Our frontline officers are the people our communities look to to keep them safe and secure and assaults such as this will simply not be tolerated.

“I’m pleased the seriousness of this incident has been reflected by the custodial sentenced issued at court yesterday.”

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