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Man jailed after vicious attack left police officer needing surgery - Leeds

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A man has today been sentenced to over three years in jail following a vicious attack on a police officer which left him with a broken ankle.

Josiah La Pompe, 35, of No Fixed Address, pleaded guilty to GBH and assault on police at Leeds Crown Court on 22 January, and was today sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

On 3 September 2018, the officer was patrolling the concourse of Leeds station at 5.30pm when he noticed La Pompe shouting by the ticket office.

He had no money to travel so the officer began to escort him out of the station, but La Pompe turned around and punched the officer in the head twice. 

A struggle ensued between the pair, during which the officer broke his ankle.

He was taken to hospital where his injury required surgery, and he's still yet to return to full duties at work. 

Thanks to to several members of the public who stepped in to try and help restrain La Pompe, and other BTP officers who rushed to assist, he was arrested at the scene.

Investigating officer, DC Dave Bentley, said: "This was a completely unnecessary, violent attack on a police officer just trying to do his job. Over 5 months on, he still hasn't been able to return to his full duties as a result of La Pompe's behaviour that evening.
 
"I hope that the significant custodial sentence he has received serves as a reminder that we will absolutely will not tolerate attacks on officers, or anyone else for that matter, on the railway."

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