Man jailed over ‘brutal’ attack on police sergeant caught on video

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A MAN who banged a police sergeant’s head on the floor in a shocking and brutal attack caught on video has been jailed.

Sergeant Kerry Lawrence was responding to a report of a burglary when she arrested Craig Radbourne on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and handcuffed him.

She put the 25-year-old in the back of a police car and called for back up.

But Radbourne hit out at Sgt Lawrence, striking out at her and hitting her head on the ground several times.

Other officers arrived and rushed to re-arrest him.

The incident was caught on Sgt Lawrence’s body-worn video.

At Winchester Crown Court Radbourne, of Stanmore Gardens, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for three years.

Judge Susan Evans QC said the video was nothing short of sickening and Sgt Lawrence was fortunate not to be more seriously hurt after the July 6 attack in Basingstoke.

Sgt Lawrence is back on full duties after recovering.

Chief Inspector Simon Dodds said: ‘Assaulting an officer must never be seen as just part of the job. It is unacceptable. This was a disgusting attack on a member of my team.’

John Apter, chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, added: ‘I am pleased that the judge has given an appropriate sentence for this vicious and unprovoked attack.

‘This should send a strong message to the public that assaulting a police officer is not acceptable in any circumstances.’

Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes he is equipping every frontline officer and PCSO with body-worn video.

He said: ‘I am disappointed that Mr Radbourne has only been sentenced to three years in prison for the extremely violent assault against Sgt Kerry Lawrence.

‘I would hope that he is made to serve the full sentence.

‘When Sgt Kerry Lawrence attended a suspected break-in involving Craig Radbourne, she was simply doing her job as a neighbourhood police officer providing the service that the majority of the public want.

‘As many police officers do on a daily basis, she put herself between the offender and a member of public – risking her own welfare.

‘As a result she suffered a horrendous attack by Mr Radbourne – all of which was captured on body-worn video.

‘Through this footage, the judges were able to see for themselves the aggravated abuse that Kerry suffered.

‘BWV provides fairer and faster justice for victims and witnesses, which is why I have made a commitment to equipping every frontline officer and PCSO in Hampshire Constabulary with BWV over the next year, enabling the police to be more effective and transparent in protecting the public from harm.’