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POLICE ATTACKER GOES FREE

PUBLISHED: 15:09 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 23 August 2010

A MAN escaped jail after admitting elbowing one police officer in the groin and hitting another in the face. Benjamin May, 44, of Milton Road, Swanscombe, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years at Chelmsford Crown Court. Judge Pete

A MAN escaped jail after admitting elbowing one police officer in the groin and hitting another in the face.

Benjamin May, 44, of Milton Road, Swanscombe, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Judge Peter Fenn also ordered that May should be under supervision for 18 months, during sentencing last Wednesday.

The attack on police came a month after May had attempted to gain access to building society funds of £9,000. The court was told that he had used false documents - a gas bill and a passport - in his bid to gain access to a loan he applied for at a branch of the Halifax in Loughton. Judge Fenn heard the attack on police came in north Kent on October 30 last year after a group of youths had pelted his car with eggs. He said that when May had complained to police they had spotted a sheath knife.

May pleaded guilty to possessing a passport with intent to establish registration and using a false instrument with intent to deceive on September 26 last year and was given a 12 months suspended sentence in respect of those offences.

He received further suspended concurrent sentences of four months for possessing a bladed article and three months for the assaults on the police.

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