THREE men have appeared in court since the start of July in connection with assaults on police officers in Stroud

David Long

Long, aged 40, of Moorhall Place, Cashes Green, Stroud, is awaiting trial after allegedly assulting an officer on December 26 last year.

Long appeared at Cirencester Magistrates Court on Monday and at the hearing the police constable gave evidence to the bench via a live video link.

The defendant entered a not guilty plea on March 16 for breaching the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act 2018.

The offences are alleged to have occured in Stroud, the case was adjurned.

Craig Durn

Durn, aged 33, of Hilltop Close, Stroud, was ordered by the same court to pay a total of £385 in fines and compensation after he was found guilty of assaulting two police officers, criminal damage and driving under the influence of cannabis.

He was caught driving by officers in Bisley Old Road, Stroud while under the influence of cannabis. 

During the incident, Durn then proceeded to assault the two officers, one male and one female, on March 4, 2019.

One of the officers also had their glasses damaged during the attack, the court was told.

The defendant pleaded guilty to all charges on July 5 and was ordered to pay £50 in compensation to each officer, with an additional £200 paid to cover the cost of the broken glasses.

He must also pay £85 costs and was banned from driving for three years. 

An additional charge of carrying a 'weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of a noxious liquid', namely PAVA spray, was dismissed on January 28 as no evidence was offered.

Durn had pleaded not guilty to the offence on the same date.

Liam Wells

Wells, of Chapel Street, Stroud, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on July 13 to face charges of assaulting two police officers.

The court heard how the 25-year-old was caught driving a BMW dangerously and without insurance by officers in Belmont Road, Stroud on June 18.

He then allegedly assaulted the two male officers.

Wells was also allegedly found with a quantity of cannabis on July 9.

Magistrates adjourned the case.