Potter Street man jailed for racially abusing and assaulting police officers

A MAN who racially abused and assaulted two officers has been jailed following a disturbance in Harlow.

Richard Holland, 31, of Potter Street, Harlow, received 10-week concurrent sentences for two counts of assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty and racially aggravated harassment at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, January 16.

He also received six weeks consecutive for breaching a suspended sentence and two other six week sentences, to run concurrently, for breaching two other suspended sentences.

Holland active suspended sentences given to him on Friday, May 28, 2018, for two counts of assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty and racially aggravated harassment.

He was ordered to pay compensation and received no separate penalties for criminal damage and possession of cannabis.

At around 5am on Saturday, March 17, 2018, Essex Police responded to reports of anti-social behaviour in Terminus Street.

Holland pushed, spat at and racially abused officers while being detained.

At around 7am on Saturday, November 3, 2018, he bit an officer and head butted another in Kitson Way.

He also shouted words of racial abuse at them before being arrested and charged.

Detective Inspector Phil Moulsher, of Harlow CID, said: “Holland clearly has a history of abusing and assaulting officers, who responded to calls about his anti-social behaviour.

“Our officers were only looking to give him words of advice but were pushed, head butted, spat at, bitten and abused.

“There are simply no excuses for officers being attacked and abused doing the job they love, protecting the public, and Holland has since been sent to prison.”

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