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Sentence for Stroud drug-driver who assaulted two police constables

A 33-year-old Stroud drug-driver who assaulted two police constables - damaging one officer's spectacles - has been ordered to do unpaid work for the community and pay compensation.

At Cheltenham Magistrates Court on July 5th, Craig Durn of Hilltop Close, Stroud, pleaded guilty to assaulting Pcs Andrew Wood and Georgia Lehane, emergency workers, during the exercise of their duties on March 4th this year. He further admitted damaging Pc Wood's glasses, valued at £200.

Durn also pleaded guilty to driving a VW Golf in Bisley Old Road, Stroud, with excess cannabis in his system on the same date.

The magistrates imposed a 12-month community order on Durn with a requirement to do 100 hours of unpaid work. He was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £50 personal compensation to each of the constables as well as £200 to Pc Wood for the damage to his specs.

In addition the magistrates ordered him to pay £85 prosecution costs.

A further charge against Durn of illegally possessing a PAVA incapacitant spray gun on the same date, which he denied, was not proceeded with by the Crown and the magistrates dismissed it.

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