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Eastwood man jailed for fracturing a police officer's skull with a glass bottle

Lee Carl Wright, 34, of Moon Crescent, Eastwood
Lee Carl Wright, 34, of Moon Crescent, Eastwood

An Eastwood man has been locked up after admitting attacking two police officers, hitting one over the head with a glass bottle and fracturing her skull.

Lee Carl Wright, 34, of Moon Crescent, Eastwood, was jailed for two years and eight months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard that Nottinghamshire Police received a call from a concerned member of the public about a man in his back garden who had then gone into gardens in Mansfield Road.

PCs David Hikin and Anne Bloomfield arrived on scene and found Wright sat on top of a garage.

The officers engaged with him, asking him to come down, offering to assist him and constantly reassuring him. After about 10 minutes they helped Wright in climbing down.

The officers had to take Wright through the house in order to reach their police car parked at the front. As they got to the front door Wright started to get agitated. He retreated back into the property before shutting himself in the downstairs toilet.

The officers called for assistance while giving further reassurance to Wright through the toilet door. After a few minutes he came out and officers led him towards the front door.

As they were almost out Wright hit PC Hikin on the arm before going back through the property followed by PC Bloomfield. PC Hikin was also kicked in the stomach by Wright.

Wright armed himself with a glass bottle and swung it at PC Bloomfield, hitting her in the head. He then swung it at her again hitting her to the forehead and knocking her to the floor. She managed to get to her feet and left the room.

PC Hikin deployed CS Spray as Wright, who was still armed with the broken bottle, exited into the back garden before getting onto a flat roof.

More officers arrived on scene and spoke to Wright through a bedroom window. Wright picked up a coping stone from the roof and threatened to throw it at officers who were in the garden.

After 45 minutes Wright came off the roof via a bedroom window and he was arrested.

The incident happened on the night of July, 6, 2018.

The court heard that PC Bloomfield suffered a skull fracture and hairline fracture of her eye socket as a result of the assault and a cut to her forehead with swelling and bruising. She also suffered a black eye, with swelling and bruising, lumps to her head and a lump on her hand, injuries to her elbows and bruising to her hand.

Wright received a 32-month prison sentence for the assault on PC Bloomfield and a 12-month prison sentence, to be served concurrently, for the assault on PC Hikin.

Speaking after Wright’s sentencing on Friday (21 September 2018) Detective Constable Matthew Fagan said: "PC Hikin’s and PC Bloomfield’s first priority was to ensure Wright managed to get safely off the garage roof.

"They gave him constant reassurance during the entire incident but, in response, he subjected them to unacceptable levels of violence.

"Police officers are regularly called upon to deal with highly charged and sometimes dangerous situations during the course of their duties.

"On occasions this can lead to a member of the public taking out their aggression on an officer, which is totally unacceptable.

"Police officers are employed to uphold the law and should without a doubt have the right to go about their job without being attacked, insulted or physically hurt.

"Nottinghamshire Police urges anyone who comes into contact with a police officer to understand the difficulties they can face in performing their role and allow them to carry out their duties unhindered."

Dave Keen, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Police Federation, added: "I note the sentence given to Wright for this disgusting assault on one of my members. Such assaults are never acceptable in a civilised society.

"We are disappointed with the gravity of charge he faced and do not believe it truly reflects the events of this incident. PC Bloomfield in particular faced extraordinary violence. That says an awful lot about Wright and his character."