Man who headbutted police officer’s hand so hard he dislocated his shoulder jailed

A man who dislocated a police officer’s shoulder by headbutting his hand during an arrest for a £400 theft has been jailed.

Terry Purser, 48, of no fixed address, was arrested for shoplifting £400 worth of goods from a local business on December 2 last year, police said.

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Upon a search, police found wire cutters he was further arrested for going equipped to steal.

Purser then resisted his arrest and had to be restrained before “spitting at the officers”, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

One officer extended his arms towards Purser which he headbutted, dislocating the officer’s shoulder.

Purser was charged with a total of nine offences on On December 3 and was remanded in custody until his first court hearing on 9th December 2021.

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He pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced at court on January 13 to 12 months imprisonment for assaulting emergency workers and shoplifting.

Sergeant James Lenton, supervisor for the Ealing neighbourhood teams said: “This is a positive result and gives a clear message to people who assault emergency workers who are simply trying to do their job and serve their communities as well as those who steal that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.

“Nobody comes to work to get injured or assaulted. Sentencing Purser to a period of imprisonment rightly recognises this.”

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