Man pleads guilty to assaulting police officer in Gosport

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A Fareham man today pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and an offence contrary to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

Shortly after 8pm on Tuesday 7 April, police responded to reports of anti-social behaviour and an assault at a flat in South Street, Gosport.

On arrival, Barnes was located by an officer, who was then spat at, bitten on the face and strangled.

The officer was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital following this and he is being supported by the Force.

Louis Barnes, 31, of Highlands Road, Fareham, was subsequently charged with the following:

• Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
• Contravening a requirement as to the restriction of movement during an emergency period – Contrary to regulations 6, 9(1)(b) & (4) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020
• Common assault
• Using threatening or abusive words/behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress

Appearing at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court today, he admitted the offences and will be sentenced on May 15.HC-FB-breaking-news-2.jpg

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