This is the shocking moment a police officer is smashed round the head with a glass bottle – suffering a fractured skull – by a thug jailed for less than three years.
PC Anne Bloomfield is knocked to the floor by two devastating blows from Lee Carl Wright in footage filmed from a colleague’s body-worn camera.
She was left with an array of sickening injuries, which also included a hairline fracture of her eye socket, a black eye and bruising to her face and hand.
Officers attempted to guide Wright through the house and to the police car but he started becoming aggressive towards them
PC Bloomfield can be spotted behind Wright who is in discussion with her colleague PC David Hikin
However Wright, 34, was jailed for just two years and eight months last Friday after pleading guilty to one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
PC Bloomfield attempted to subdue the yob after he had punched and kicked her colleague PC David Hikin at a property in the Eastwood area of Nottingham on July 6.
She is still off work recovering from her ordeal more than two months later.
PC Bloomfield attempted to subdue the yob after he had punched and kicked her colleague PC David Hikin at a property
The footage, taken from PC Hikin’s body-worn camera, was released by Nottinghamshire Police yesterday to highlight the danger officers routinely find themselves in.
However Dave Keen, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Police Federation, hit out at the punishment handed to Wright.
He said: ‘I note the sentence given to Wright for this disgusting assault on one of my members. Such assaults are never acceptable in a civilised society.
After attacking PC Hikin, Wright runs back into the property followed by PC Bloomfield. He then arms himself with it and hits her twice in the head
‘We are disappointed with the gravity of charge he faced and do not believe it truly reflects the events of this incident.
‘PC Bloomfield in particular faced extraordinary violence. That says an awful lot about Wright and his character.’
Nottingham Crown Court was told that a concerned member of the public called police about an intruder in his back garden who had fled into nearby gardens.
PCs Hikin and Bloomfield arrived at the scene to find Wright sitting on top of a garage.
Wright received a 32-month prison sentence for the assault on PC Bloomfield and a 12-month prison sentence, to be served concurrently, for the assault on PC Hikin
They managed to coax him down but then had to walk him through a member of the public’s house to reach their squad car which was parked at the front of the property.
The officers managed to get him through the back of the house and were nearing the front door when Wright started to get agitated and retreated back into the property.
He shut himself in the downstairs toilet but after a few minutes he came out and was once again led towards the front door.
Wright this time reacted violently and hit PC Hikin on the arm and kicked him in the stomach before running back into the property followed by PC Bloomfield.
He then armed himself with a glass bottle and swung it twice at PC Bloomfield, hitting her in the head both times.
The second hit knocked her to the floor and in the footage PC Hikin can be heard shouting for his stricken colleague to ‘get out’.
Fortunately she managed to get to her feet and left the room but suffered a skull fracture and hairline fracture of her eye socket as a result of the assault and a cut to her forehead with swelling and bruising.
She also suffered a black eye, with swelling and bruising, lumps to her head and a lump on her hand, injuries to her elbows and bruising to her hand.
The court heard that PC Hikin deployed CS Spray as Wright, who was still armed with the broken bottle, ran into the back garden and climbed onto a flat roof.
More police arrived and attempted to speak to Wright through a bedroom window.
However he picked up a coping stone from the roof and threatened to throw it at officers who were in the garden below.
After 45 minutes He came off the roof and was arrested.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Matthew Fagan said: ‘PC Hikin’s and PC Bloomfield’s first priority was to ensure Wright managed to get safely off the garage roof.
‘They gave him constant reassurance during the entire incident but, in response, he subjected them to unacceptable levels of violence.
‘Police officers are regularly called upon to deal with highly charged and sometimes dangerous situations during the course of their duties.
‘On occasions this can lead to a member of the public taking out their aggression on an officer, which is totally unacceptable.
‘Police officers are employed to uphold the law and should without a doubt have the right to go about their job without being attacked, insulted or physically hurt.
‘Nottinghamshire Police urges anyone who comes into contact with a police officer to understand the difficulties they can face in performing their role and allow them to carry out their duties unhindered.’
Wright received a 32-month prison sentence for the assault on PC Bloomfield and a 12-month prison sentence, to be served concurrently, for the assault on PC Hikin.