A 33-YEAR-OLD man from Stourport has been convicted for assaulting a police officer.

Ernest Taylor, of Stourport High Street, received a 16-week prison sentence in relation to the charges of assault on an emergency worker and two counts of criminal damage.

West Mercia Police reported several assaults on emergency workers over the weekend.

A man in his 20s was arrested for spitting in the faces of three officers in Kidderminster on Friday, and Taylor was arrested on Saturday after officers attended reports of a man being violent with paramedics in Stourport High Street.

Superintendent Mark Colquhoun said “Officers who come to work to protect the public and keep them safe shouldn’t expect to be assaulted and when they are we will do everything in our power to investigate, prosecute and convict those responsible.

"In relation to spitting on or at a police officer, it is one of the most disgusting ways to behave and rightly this has been dealt with by way of a custodial sentence.”

Chief Inspector Edward Hancox said on Monday: “Violence against police, or any emergency services workers is never acceptable.

"This weekend we saw six officers assaulted in North Worcestershire alone. This included officers being spat at, punched and kicked and although no serious injury was caused the impact on officers can be long lasting.

"On each occasion, the suspect was arrested and will be put before a court as such offences will not be tolerated.”