Homeless yob jailed for kicking and spitting on Staffordshire cop



Homeless yob Rikki Swift has been jailed for kicking and spitting on a police officer in a Staffordshire town centre.

The 26-year-old was recalled to prison and jailed for six months at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after being caught drinking in Stafford on April 2.

Officers were called to Riverside at 7pm. Swift, of no fixed address, then started to struggle, he punched a police officer, kicked out, and spat.

He was restrained and a spit hood was used.

Officers have also arrested a 42-year-old Stafford man for three counts of assault and assaulting a police officer.

It is alleged that he spat at a police officer during the arrest in Stafford town centre on Saturday at 9.45pm.

He appeared before magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme this morning (Monday) and was bailed to appear at Stafford Crown Court on May 4.

Officers also attended an incident in Metcalfe Road, Stanfields, where a man allegedly coughed in a police officer’s face.

A 31-year-old man from Tunstall has been arrested on suspicion of harassment and assault police following the incident on April 3. He has been bailed while enquiries continue.

Staffordshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Simon Tweats said: “We investigated a number of incidents over the weekend and on the whole people complied with government guidelines.

“However, as these cases demonstrate we will take enforcement action when required and put people before the courts. It is simply unacceptable for workers who are in the frontline serving the public to be spat at or threatened.

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“We want to work with the public to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“With Easter weekend approaching and the temptation to get out and about the message to the public remains clear: please stay at home and follow the guidelines. We don’t want to make arrests but we will do so if required.”

“I want to be clear and open about the steps we’re taking to protect the public, but I also want to thank the majority of people who stayed at home last weekend in Staffordshire.”





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