A man has been sent to prison for pushing a police officer downstairs during a protest in central London.
The man Jamie Dewing who is aged 31 of Valley View in Saltburn was sentenced to 2 years in prison at Teesside Crown Court.
Dewing had previously appeared before Teesside Magistrates court on Thursday 8th July where he admitted one count of assaulting an emergency service worker and one count of violent disorder following protests in London.
The court heard how on June 13th Dewing had travelled from Saltburn to join hundreds of demonstrators protesting in Parliament Square.
During an early part of the day, there was a small minority of demonstrators which included Dewing who became increasingly hostile to police officers.
At approximately 1pm Dewing fronted up to police officers who were policing a crowds near to the Nelson Mandela Statue.
A number of officers made their way to retrieve from the crowd a female who had become isolated believed to be from an opposing group and there was serious concerns for her wellbeing.
Officers were in the process of taking the woman to safety and were moving away from the crowd when a female police officer was violently shoved to the ground.
The officer fell backwards down steps onto her back and suffered injuries to her back and neck, She returned to work however is still receiving physiotherapy.
Dewing continued his violent behaviour into the day and was caught on camera acting aggressively and was spitted throwing metal barriers at officers and then repeatedly spitting at officers at a cordon along Whitehall.
As part of the post-incident investigation, his image was released to the media and Dewing was identified by an officer from Cleveland Police.
DC Nicky Dixon, part of the investigation team into the disorder, said: “Dewing assaulted an officer who was only trying to protect a member of the public. This officer braved a hostile crowd to carry out the rescue of someone who was vulnerable. Having come to the woman’s aid, the officer was moving away when Dewing assaulted her. There is no excuse for this or his later actions, it was just thuggery.
“I’d like to thank Cleveland Police for their help in identifying Dewing. When arrested he initially denied that he was responsible, but officers had gathered extensive evidence. When faced with the overwhelming evidence against him, he pleaded guilty and has rightly been sent to prison.
“As part of our investigation into recent disorder, we have released many images of people we would like to speak with in connection with this incident. I would urge everyone to please take a few minutes to look through these images in the news and on social media and, if you identify anyone you recognise, please let us know who they are.”
To view the gallery of images, click here:http://news.met.police.uk/news/arrests-made-following-recent-violence-407189
A Cleveland Police Spokesperson said: “We are pleased that one of our officers was able to assist our colleagues at the Met Police with their investigation which has led to Jamie Dewing being brought to justice.
“Dewing’s conviction and sentence is a great example of how Forces can work together to identify and arrest suspects. It shows that no matter where you travel, officers will locate you and bring you to justice for any crimes you have committed.
“We hope that Dewing’s sentence provides some level of comfort to the officer who was injured by Dewing whilst carrying out her duties.”