Suspected car thief, 16, 'spits at, kicks and punches' police officers as 4 are assaulted in two incidents

POLICE officers were spat at, kicked and punched as they arrested a suspected car thief aged 16.

By Ben Fishwick
Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:08 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 5:01 pm

It comes as four of Portsmouth's high harm team were responding to two separate incidents last night.

Today Portsmouth police said: ‘We will not tolerate assaults on emergency service workers.

‘We are here to keep you safe.’

Police presence on Eastney beach on April 15. Picture: Habibur Rahman

A 16-year-old boy, from Southsea, has been charged with drink-driving, driving with no insurance or licence, and two assaults on emergency workers.

A car had been stopped in St Simons Road, Southsea, just before 8pm, and the boy found in the driver's seat.

Officers said during the incident two women in the team were spat at, kicked and punched.

The officers suffered actual bodily harm and common assault-type injuries. The boy is due at the city’s youth court on June 1.

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In a second incident at the Hovercraft terminal between 7-7.20pm, a 28-year-old man from Gosport was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

He ‘kicked and punched’ officers and was also arrested on suspicion of two assaults on emergency workers, and possession of criminal property.

Police suffered actual bodily harm and common assault injuries.

He was released under investigation.

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting 44200148816 about the car incident, and 44200149071 for the drugs.

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