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Jail for man who assaulted and spat on police officers in Camberley

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Jail for man who assaulted and spat on police officers in Camberley

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:29pm 7th January 2020.

A man who assaulted and spat at two Surrey police officers on New Year’s Eve is behind bars after being sentenced.

Officers were called to a house in Camberley at around 9pm on 31 December following a domestic disturbance and allegations of assault.

They visited the property and escorted a 23-year-old man, believed to be drunk, from the building.

Once outside, he shouted abuse at the officers, then spat at them and kicked one of the officers in the shin.

Later one of the officers described "thick phlegm covering his hands and stab vest".

The man was placed in a spit-hood and restraints, before being taken to Guildford custody to sober up where the hood and restraints were removed.

Later that evening, during a welfare check on him, he spat at another police officer in his cell.

The following morning during interview Ashley Lawman, of no fixed address, is said to have laughed when he was played footage of his spitting and kicking the previous evening, stating: "I probably did spit on you lot".

He was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and appeared at Staines Magistrates Court on Thursday (2 January).

In court he admitted the offences, was told to pay compensation and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison - of which he will serve 8 weeks.

Inspector Bob Darkens, Borough Commander for Surrey Heath said:

"As police officers we expect to place ourselves in harm's way to protect the vulnerable and keep our communities safe.

“We do not, and should not, expect to be spat at, kicked, abused or assaulted.

“It is not ‘part of the job’ - it is disgusting and degrading. Police officers are also people – mothers, fathers and children – and every prosecution for assaulting a police officer recognises that fact.”