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Two men sentenced for offences including breaching COVID 19 regulations in Oxford

Alert message sent 07/05/2020 11:06:00

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Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, two men have been sentenced after an incident in Oxford.
Officers were coughed at, assaulted, spat at and faced verbal abused.

On Friday (1/5) Michael Roberts, aged 40, of Temple Road, Oxford, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to two counts each of assault by beating on an emergency worker and common assault on an emergency worker. He also admitted to breaching COVID-19 regulations, and a Section 5 public order offence.
Roberts was sentenced to 22 weeks imprisonment, and ordered to pay £250 in compensation payments.

At a previous hearing, Dominic Brown, aged 46, of Bullingdon Road, Oxford pleaded guilty to breaching COVID-19 regulations and racially aggravated public order against a police officer, at the same court on Friday 24 April.
Brown was sentenced to an eight week community order and ordered to pay a fine for the breach, and compensation for the officer and a victim surcharge.

Both sentences are in connection with an incident in St Clements, Oxford on Thursday 23 April where a group of individuals were gathering, against COVID 19 regulations.

Police Community Support Officers went to the location to engage and explain with the group about the regulations and they faced verbal abuse. One PCSO was purposefully coughed at by Roberts and he assaulted two police officers by kicking them and later spat at another officer.

Investigating officer, PC Rebekah Routh, of St Aldates police station, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for making reports to the police when there are breaches with regards to the COVID-19 regulations.

“We are only enforcing as a last resort, as we try and engage and explain in the first instance to those who are in breach.
“However, when officers face verbal, racist abuse, it is not acceptable and enforcement was absolutely necessary in this case.

“Both Brown and Roberts pleaded guilty to these offences and have both faced justice swiftly in the courts.

“The officers involved have been offered support following this incident.”
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Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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