A MAN has been thrown behind bars after he bit and assaulted police with a metal bar.

Jesse Madgwick has today been sentenced for assaults on emergency workers and a number of drug offences.

On July 27, 2018, the 22-year-old was stopped and searched in Southsea. A house search later revealed drug paraphernalia and a large sum of cash. 

On September 30, 2018, Madgwick was stopped shortly after midnight on Market Way, Portsmouth, and found to have a large amount of cash, a large quantity of class A drugs and numerous phones.

On November 24 last year, two officers were assaulted by him. One officer was assaulted with a metal bar and bitten on the hand, receiving minor injuries, while the second received swelling and redness to her face.

This year, on February 8, Madgwick intervened while police were detaining a man at the scene of a domestic incident on London Road. 

Madgwick pushed an office to the ground.

While under arrest for this incident, at around 8.20pm on the same day he kicked an officer to the stomach. Neither officer was seriously injured.

Appearing at Portsmouth Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker, one count of obstruction/resisting a constable, two counts of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug, one count of being concerned in making an offer to supply a Class A drug, one count of supplying a Class B drug, and two counts of possessing criminal property.

Madgwick, of Lyndhurst Road, Copnor, was  sentenced to two years and two months in prison.

Detective Constable Graham Skull said: “We take a zero tolerance approach to assaults on our officers, and do not accept that it is simply part of the job.

“No emergency worker should turn up to work and expect to come to harm. As a force we will continue to work with the CPS to ensure that those responsible for these awful attacks are brought to justice.”