Man jailed for assault on detention officer in Melksham custody

Alert message sent 06/04/2020 14:54:00

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A man who assaulted a detention officer in Melksham custody has been jailed for 13 weeks.

Peter Cooper, 36, of Westleigh, Warminster, appeared in Swindon Magistrates Court today and pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and being drunk and disorderly in a public place. 

Cooper was arrested on Saturday evening after officers were called to a disorder at Westleigh. 

He was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and taken to Melksham custody. 

It was during his time in custody that he made threats to kill a detention officer and his family. He was abusive towards staff throughout.

When the detention officer carried out a welfare check on Cooper in his cell, he was spat at through the cell hatch several times. 

He was further arrested and charged with assaulting an emergency worker. 

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “This behaviour is absolutely disgusting at any time, but given the current situation when everyone’s anxieties are heightened, it is despicable. 

“His actions have left the detention officer feeling shocked, angry, extremely upset and anxious about their own health, and the health of their family.

“He has now been left with no other option but to self-isolate due to concerns Cooper may have had coronavirus.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson added: “I am extremely saddened to hear news of this incident while this member of the force was simply carrying out his duties. 

“I am pleased the court has seen fit to issue Cooper with a custodial sentence – this was a deliberate attack with the intention of causing distress and upset to the detention officer and this behaviour is unacceptable.” 
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