Jail for Portsmouth thug who broke the noses of two police officers

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A THUG who left two police officers with broken noses in a violent outburst has been jailed for eight months.

Sentencing Samuel Longcake a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court said such assaults on the police could not be tolerated.

Longcake attacked PCs Richard Griffiths and Lee Pymont after they were called to a report of a man smashing up cars in Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea.

When they spoke to the 23-year-old he shouted abuse and then launched himself at PC Pymont.

He headbutted the officer, sending him sprawling to the ground and smashing his glasses.

Unemployed Longcake then punched PC Griffiths on the nose before the pair managed to restrain him.

The dad-of-one later told police he had been drinking beer and shots and had acted stupidly.

Recorder Sarah Vaughan Jones QC told him: ‘There are significant factors which increase the seriousness of this offence.

‘Most importantly this offence was committed against police officers working in the public sector who had to deal with your behaviour on the night.

‘This sort of behaviour cannot be tolerated when directed to police officers.’

Longcake, of Chedworth Crescent, Paulsgrove, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage following the incident on June 17.

The court heard he has previous convictions for criminal damage, assault and public order offences.

The judge added: ‘This all happened in the early hours of the morning when the officers came to a car park to deal with some shouting and kicking of cars.

‘When the officers tried to speak to you, you were immediately aggressive.

‘Shortly after that you headbutted PC Pymont in the face with enough force that he stumbled back and suffered a minor fracture to his nose.

‘In the ensuing struggle when PC Griffiths intervened to help and try to arrest you you punched him in the face as he tried to restrain you.

‘An independent witness said the officers acted calmly and fairly and there was no reason to act the way you did.

‘I have seen your record and I have seen you have numerous previous offences.’

Tim Sparkes, defending, had asked the judge to suspend the prison sentence.

‘He is someone who has shown remorse for what he has done,’ he said.