On 14 June, Adam Bellamy and Harry Rawnsley-Gurd were stopped by a police officer after the pair vandalised the Les Jongleurs statue in Queen Street. The two 20-year olds then attacked the officer, who was punched several times and repeatedly hit over the head with a foam scaffolding sleeve.
Video of the incident was posted on social media, showing the struggle between the vandals and the arresting officer, who sustained minor injuries as a result.
Both men appeared in the Magistrate's Court yesterday morning and pleaded guilty to malicious damage and assaulting a police officer. Each was sentenced to 120 hours’ community service and ordered to pay compensation. Rawnsley-Gurd also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and Bellamy pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody.
Chief Inspector Craig Jackson said: ‘We take a zero tolerance approach to violence towards our officers, who are doing their job in very difficult circumstances. They should be able to carry out their duties of keeping the public and property safe without the threat of being assaulted.
‘Those who think it’s acceptable to assault police will feel the full force of the law.’