Jail for assaulting a police officer and escaping custody

A man has been jailed after he admitted assaulting an off-duty police officer in and escaping lawful custody.

Clint Pickering, 36, of no fixed address, was jailed for six months when he appeared for sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Monday 21 January 2019).

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He pleaded guilty to a charge of escaping lawful custody, for which he received a six-month prison sentence, and a charge of assault with intent to resist arrest, for which he was given two-month concurrent sentence.

After he was arrested by the officer, in Litton Road, Mansfield Woodhouse on 26 October 2018, Pickering assaulted him, pushing him to the ground, before running off. The officer wasn’t injured.

Pickering managed to get away but was arrested eight days later at a property in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Nottingham Crown Court © westbridgfordwire.com
Nottingham Crown Court
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In 2017 Nottinghamshire Police joined officer and staff representatives from the UNISON, GMB unions and the Nottinghamshire Police Federation to sign a seven-point pledge to say being assaulted is not part of the day job.

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By signing the pledge, Chief Constable Craig Guildford committed the Force to thoroughly investigate and record all assaults to officers and staff – and ensure that those victims receive the right levels of support.

Mr Guildford said: “No-one, including police officers and staff, should have to suffer violence.

“Working on the front line of policing often involves difficult and dangerous situations where we will always put members of the public before ourselves.

“One assault on a Police Officer, PCSO, Special Constable or member of Police Staff is one too many and should never be considered ‘part of the job’.

“Every day officers and staff risk their lives to serve and protect the public and it’s important we support them.”