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Man sentenced for assaulting police officer – Gravesend, Kent

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A 70-year-old man has been sentenced for abusing rail staff and spitting at a police officer in Kent.

Daniel Gilham, of Royal Pier Road in Gravesend, was sentenced on 30 May at Medway Magistrates’ Court to 105 days in prison.

On Sunday 7 May, Gilham threatened staff at Gravesend train station and shouted abuse at them. Police attended and when an officer approached Gilham, he abused them before spitting at the officer – which landed on the officer’s chest.

He was arrested, charged and pleaded guilty on 30 May to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour and assaulting a police officer.

Investigating officer PC Tarrick Patrick said: “There is no excuse for this kind of behaviour and so I am pleased the court saw the seriousness of Gilham’s actions and that was reflected in the sentence.”

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