Hailsham man jailed for assaulting two police officers

A Hailsham man has been sent to prison for an assault on two police officers which left one of them requiring hospital treatment.

Friday, 8th April 2016, 1:20 pm
Updated Friday, 8th April 2016, 1:27 pm
Nathan Walter SUS-160804-131439001
Nathan Walter SUS-160804-131439001

Police were called to The George Hotel in George Street, Hailsham, at 8.30pm on January 9 to reports of a man causing a disturbance. When officers attended, a man punched them both repeatedly while outside the hotel.

Nathan Walter, 20, unemployed of London Road, Hailsham was charged and pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer in execution of their duty and ABH. He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, March 29 to 12 months and two months to run concurrently.

Two male officers were both taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries. One officer was released but the other stayed in for observation overnight.

Detective constable Paul Gray said: “This was an extremely violent attack on two officers who were attending to do their job. They went there to protect the public and had no chance to defend themselves in this unprovoked attack. Walter knocked one of the officers unconscious and punched him repeatedly in the face, it was only when the other officer recovered after being hit himself, he was able to go to the aid of his colleague.

“Thankfully the officers have now returned to work but one had to be kept in overnight to be observed as he had significant facial injuries. Walter pleaded guilty to the offence and is now serving time in prison.”

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