Man received prison sentence following assault of police officers and hospital staff - The Coventry Observer

Man received prison sentence following assault of police officers and hospital staff

A LOCAL MAN has been sentenced for threatening, assault by beating, three counts of assaulting police officers and one count of offensive communications.

Anthony Evans, 58 of no fixed address has been sentenced to 20 weeks behind bars and is required to pay £100 worth of compensation.

On April 29, Evans called 999 and unleashed a stream of verbal abuse to the call handler, including phrases such as ‘Let’s go to ****ing war’ and ‘Don’t be a **** all your life’.

On May 2, Evans attended George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton while drunk, he raised his fist towards a member of staff and proceeded to verbally abuse him.

When security at the hospital tried to intervene, Evans headbutted one of the guards.

Evans was arrested and while being taken to custody, he punched one officer in the face, and attempted to dig his nails into the wrist of another officer attempting to restrain him.

Evans was sentenced at Coventry Magistrates Court on July, 5.

Inspector Ryan Price of the Patrol Investigations Unit said: “Evans has shown a pattern of behaviour for aggression and disrespect towards public services that are trying to help him.

“It’s unacceptable that he has attacked members of health service staff, it is equally unacceptable that he has attacked police officers, and we hope that 20 weeks will be enough time for him to seek help if he needs it, and to ruminate over the consequences of his actions.


George Eliot Hospital’s chief operating officer, Robin Snead said: “Our hardworking staff are dedicated to caring for people.

“To abuse and attack them in this way is absolutely unacceptable and we will always work with the police to bring offenders to justice.

“We welcome this sentence.”


Deputy chief constable Alex Franklin-Smith, added: “All too often, Police officers and staff are subjected to threats and violence.

“While the severity of each attack changes, the impact upon society does not. It is never acceptable to assume that assaults upon police officers and staff should be tolerated, it is not simply ‘part of the job’.

“On average in Warwickshire there are 24 assaults against police officers and staff per month.

“It should be remembered that that those police officers and staff are people, they are fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.

“When they are attacked, they become victims just like any other, but victims who have been attacked while trying to protect others.”


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