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Burglar jailed after ‘ferocious attack’ on police officers

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A burglar who tried to conceal himself inside a sofa bed before assaulting three police officers has been jailed.

Matthew Meakin, 29, committed two burglaries in Newark in March of this year – the first at a gymnastics club in Maltkiln Lane and the second at a tool shop in Strawberry Lane.

Meakin, of no fixed address, was recorded on CCTV breaking into the gymnastics club shortly after 3.40am on Thursday 12 March.

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Some three weeks later, at around 8.45am on Tuesday 31 March, he was spotted by a police officer climbing out of the broken window of the tool shop.

After fleeing the scene he left power tools worth more than £3,600 stashed in a wheelie bin outside the building.He was finally arrested on Sunday, 31 May when six officers attended an address in Yorke Drive, Newark.

Meakin, aware that he was surrounded, fled inside the property and attempted to hide inside a sofa bed in a bedroom.

When his hiding place was discovered he first claimed to be stuck – before suddenly freeing himself and launching a ferocious assault on the three officers who were attempting to arrest him. All three sustained minor injuries in the scuffle, including a broken wrist.

Meakin, appearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 25 August), was sentenced to a total of three and a half years in prison.

For the two Newark burglaries we received 15 months in prison and three months to run concurrently. He received a further two months for each of the officers her assaulted, with two of those sentences to run concurrently.

Meakin was also sentenced for three further burglaries and a dangerous driving offence in Lincolnshire in August 2019 – receiving an additional 25 months in custody. He was also disqualified from driving for 30 months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £181.

Detective Sergeant Ricky Ellis, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Meakin is violent criminal who thought he could steal from local businesses with impunity. When he was finally cornered he first tried to run and hide. After realising the game was up he then launched a vicious and sustained assault on officers who were simply trying to do their job and keep our community safe.

“He will quite rightly be spending a considerable time in prison for these offences. I hope he now has time to reflect on his actions and think carefully about what he wants from his future. I hope also that today’s sentence provides some degree of closure for his victims.”

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