Man charged after police officer is injured during arrest

Charges have been secured against a man after an officer was left with a serious injury following an incident in Southend.

This follows a report of an individual leaving a shop in High Street without paying for goods, at around 3.30pm on Saturday April 20.

It was further reported threats had been made and an assault allegedly carried out on security staff and a member of public.

During an ensuing arrest, an officer sustained a serious injury to his ankle.

Jean Lemaitre, 34, of no fixed address, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm, two counts of common assault, theft from a shop and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

He appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday April 22, where he was released on bail with conditions until a hearing at Basildon Crown Court on Friday May 24.