Jail for man who punched police officer in Canterbury
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A man who punched a police officer who had gone to assist an ambulance crew in Canterbury has been jailed.
Charlie Hawker assaulted the officer after Kent Police was called to Thanington Road by paramedics on the evening of Sunday 1 March 2020.
The 26-year-old was jailed for one year and one month at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 29 July after he admitted assaulting an emergency worker at a hearing on Thursday 18 June.
Three officers were called to the scene on the evening of the offence after paramedics feared for their safety while attempting to help Hawker, who was heavily intoxicated.
He made abusive comments to all three officers before punching one of them in the face.
Hawker, of Kenardington, near Ashford, was arrested and later charged.
He was given a nine-month sentence for the assault and an extra four months for breaching a suspended sentence he was given for unlawful wounding in 2019.
PC Jason Szarek, Kent Police's investigating officer, said: 'None of our officers should have to tolerate being abused or assaulted while trying to keep people safe. It should never be seen as part of our job.
'I hope the message of this case is clear; assault one of our officers and you face serious consequences.'