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Great Yeldham man jailed for assaulting police officers

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A man, who attacked police officers after they arrived at his home in response to a disturbance, has been jailed for five months.

Daniel Pretty, 29, of Goodchild Way in Great Yeldham, was sentenced at Colchester Magistrates’ Court last week, following an incident that occurred on Monday, December 17.

Two officers from Essex Police were responding to a concern for welfare call at Pretty’s home, arriving at around 6.15pm, before they managed to remove him from the property.

One of the officers was bitten, while the other suffered marks on their arm while they were arresting Pretty, who subsequently head-butted another officer as he was being transferred into police custody.

All three officers were later assessed, but none of them had sustained serious injuries.

Appearing in court on Wednesday, January 23, Pretty was handed 20 week prison sentences for three separate counts of assaulting an emergency worker by beating.

He also received another 10-week sentence for assault with intent to resist arrest.

All of these sentences will be served concurrently.

In addition, Pretty was ordered by the court to pay compensation to all three of his victims.

Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson, the district commander for Braintree and Uttlesford, said: “Our officers responded to a concern for welfare call at Pretty’s property and were assaulted.

“The incident itself could have been resolved quickly and peacefully.

“However, Pretty responded by attacking my officers. While in custody, he head-butted another officer.

“Each had to be assessed for their injuries, when they could have been responding to genuine 999 calls.

“His actions were completely unacceptable and unnecessary, and he has been sent to prison.”


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