Southend man jailed after assaulting police officer with a metal pole

A man who assaulted a police officer with a metal pole has been jailed.

A man identifying himself as ‘Matt Gray’ made a 999 call at around 2am on Friday May 29 but instead of reporting an emergency verbally abused the call taker.

He called back several times, being abusive and threatening to attack any officer who turned up at his address with a crossbow.

Officers were dispatched to investigate and as they approached Park Lane saw a man jump over a gate into Southchurch Hall Park.

The officers carried out a search and he was discovered in a private garden nearby.

He then became aggressive and assaulted one of the officers with a pole leaving him with a cut to the back of his head and needing hospital treatment.

He was detained and arrested.

Matthew Gray, 29, of Ambleside Drive, Southend, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker and ABH.

He admitted the charge and at Basildon Crown Court on July 29 was jailed for two years.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Rory Scarlett said: “Assaulting a police officer is never acceptable.

“We go to work to protect the public and keep you safe. While there is always an element of potential risk to what we do, no-one should turn up to work with the expectation they will be assaulted.

“Matthew Gray showed no concerns about attacking an officer and using a weapon to do so.

“He now faces time behind bars and I hope he’ll use that time to consider his actions.”

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Mick Ferris

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