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Man sentenced for assault against police officer - London

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A man has been sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for assaulting a police officer.

Nicholas Daniel, aged 30, of Woodrow Avenue, Hayes, Hillingdon, was found guilty of one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 28 September.

On 4 November 2016, PC Chris Best conducted a stop and search on Daniel at Paddington railway station, at around 5.40pm.

During the stop and search, Daniel struck PC Best on the knee, causing him to fall to the ground.

PC Best sustained a dislocated right patella which caused significant internal damage to his knee. He was off work for four months during his treatment and recovery.

PC Best said: “This assault has left me with long-term physical problems. The pain caused by the injury was severe and I had to have surgery to remove a piece of loose cartilage that was ripped off my knee in the assault.

“There was absolutely no need for this situation to escalate in the way that it did. Daniel refused to answer basic questions from rail staff or police, and then became uncooperative and aggressive; leading to the assault and his subsequent arrest, during which he continued to resist officers.

“I am satisfied that Daniel has been found guilty of this offence and received punishment from the courts.”

As well as the suspended sentence, he was ordered to pay PC Best £300 in compensation, pay Crown Prosecution Service costs of £300 and pay the court a victim surcharge of £30.

BTP will not tolerate our officers being assaulted whilst on duty.

We have an officer assault pledge to ensure that should this happen, officers receive the most appropriate level of support and a robust investigation.

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