Man jailed for hitting a police officer with a baton

Ross McPherson

Ross McPherson

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A MAN has been jailed for ten years after hitting a police officer several times over the head with a baton.

Following a five-day trial, Ross McPherson, of Teville Road, Worthing, was found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and affray.

After the attack, McPherson then chased the officer up the street with the baton.

Woolwich Crown Court heard that there was a joint operation being carried out between Sussex Police and British Transport Police into bike thefts and drug crimes around Worthing railway station.

During a routine check on December 4 last year, McPherson was stopped but became verbally abusive and threatening towards three police officers.

Officers used a spray on McPherson, 24, but he continued to be aggressive, the court was told.

As an officer went to draw his baton, he dropped it during a tussle with McPherson and it landed at his feet.

McPherson picked up the baton and took a swing at two female police officers, narrowly missing their heads and upper bodies.

He then chased two police officers up the street with it.

More plain-clothed officers came to help, and one of them was struck on the head a number of times with the police baton.

His injuries were not serious and McPherson was eventually stopped and arrested.

After the trial, which was held last week, Detective Sergeant Andy Hobden said that violence towards officers would not be tolerated.

He said: “The sentence sends out a clear message that violence towards police officers who are doing the job and exercising the powers bestowed upon them will not be tolerated.”

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12:26pm Fri 13 Jun 14

PorkyChopper says...

Batter a member of the public senseless as a police officer - "Nothing to see here, move along now", and trebles all round.

Defend yourself against their thuggish behaviour - ten years. Disgusting.
Batter a member of the public senseless as a police officer - "Nothing to see here, move along now", and trebles all round. Defend yourself against their thuggish behaviour - ten years. Disgusting. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

PorkyChopper wrote:
Batter a member of the public senseless as a police officer - "Nothing to see here, move along now", and trebles all round. Defend yourself against their thuggish behaviour - ten years. Disgusting.
He would have been better off sticking to beating old grannies for their pensions and leaving them for dead on the street- would have been unlikely to get even a suspended sentence for a single charge.

Disgusting, shows just what a pathetic state our criminal justice system is in.
[quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: Batter a member of the public senseless as a police officer - "Nothing to see here, move along now", and trebles all round. Defend yourself against their thuggish behaviour - ten years. Disgusting.[/p][/quote]He would have been better off sticking to beating old grannies for their pensions and leaving them for dead on the street- would have been unlikely to get even a suspended sentence for a single charge. Disgusting, shows just what a pathetic state our criminal justice system is in. Goldenwight
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

It seems the police cannot make up their mind as to the number of officers were chased by him:

"After the attack, McPherson then chased the officer up the street with the baton. " ONE

"He then chased two police officers up the street with it. " TWO.

Let's just accept that is at least one cowardly police officer who is too scared to do their job properly.


Time to call them 'the boys in pink' ?
It seems the police cannot make up their mind as to the number of officers were chased by him: "After the attack, McPherson then chased the officer up the street with the baton. " ONE "He then chased two police officers up the street with it. " TWO. Let's just accept that is at least one cowardly police officer who is too scared to do their job properly. Time to call them 'the boys in pink' ? Gary1965
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Fri 13 Jun 14

cookie_brighton says...

it is ok for the police to use such batons on joe public, yet when their own baton is used against them it is deemed an offence.......no wonder there are more guns seen on our streets.
it is ok for the police to use such batons on joe public, yet when their own baton is used against them it is deemed an offence.......no wonder there are more guns seen on our streets. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 6

3:09pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Martin999 says...

PorkyChopper wrote:
Batter a member of the public senseless as a police officer - "Nothing to see here, move along now", and trebles all round.

Defend yourself against their thuggish behaviour - ten years. Disgusting.
It sounds like he was doing a bit more than defending himself.
[quote][p][bold]PorkyChopper[/bold] wrote: Batter a member of the public senseless as a police officer - "Nothing to see here, move along now", and trebles all round. Defend yourself against their thuggish behaviour - ten years. Disgusting.[/p][/quote]It sounds like he was doing a bit more than defending himself. Martin999
  • Score: -3

2:01am Sun 15 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

Let's be honest here....


...our coppers are a bunch of wussies.

They tazer blind people, they shoot dead those carrying furniture.

When faced with thugs, they run off.

What a bunch of fairies they are.
Let's be honest here.... ...our coppers are a bunch of wussies. They tazer blind people, they shoot dead those carrying furniture. When faced with thugs, they run off. What a bunch of fairies they are. Gary1965
  • Score: -1

2:22pm Sun 15 Jun 14

wales1973 says...

I take it he was not in possession of drugs or a bike then ?, just normal police harassment when they know a face , the judge probably took a backhander off the police to get him off the streets for 10 years.
I take it he was not in possession of drugs or a bike then ?, just normal police harassment when they know a face , the judge probably took a backhander off the police to get him off the streets for 10 years. wales1973
  • Score: -1

1:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

rellula says...

I know Ross personally and he was harassed daily for all sorts of weird and wonderful unwarranted reasons. "Just because" the police have used they're powers they have to put Ross away where they no where he'll be they are useless when it comes to paedofiles murderers rapist etc Ross never stood a chance at adjusting to normal life again as he deserved to be. He was put into a flat he could stand up straight in he had no help whatsoever except from friends and family the justice system is a **** horrible thing and YES WE ARE PUSHING FOR AN APPEAL chin up Ross won't be as long as you think PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ON FACEBOOK :-)
I know Ross personally and he was harassed daily for all sorts of weird and wonderful unwarranted reasons. "Just because" the police have used they're powers they have to put Ross away where they no where he'll be they are useless when it comes to paedofiles murderers rapist etc Ross never stood a chance at adjusting to normal life again as he deserved to be. He was put into a flat he could stand up straight in he had no help whatsoever except from friends and family the justice system is a **** horrible thing and YES WE ARE PUSHING FOR AN APPEAL chin up Ross won't be as long as you think PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ON FACEBOOK :-) rellula
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Wed 18 Jun 14

rellula says...

wales1973 wrote:
I take it he was not in possession of drugs or a bike then ?, just normal police harassment when they know a face , the judge probably took a backhander off the police to get him off the streets for 10 years.
Here here I think your right its the only way police think they've got control he never stood a chance at normality
[quote][p][bold]wales1973[/bold] wrote: I take it he was not in possession of drugs or a bike then ?, just normal police harassment when they know a face , the judge probably took a backhander off the police to get him off the streets for 10 years.[/p][/quote]Here here I think your right its the only way police think they've got control he never stood a chance at normality rellula
  • Score: -2

5:22pm Wed 18 Jun 14

wales1973 says...

rellula wrote:
I know Ross personally and he was harassed daily for all sorts of weird and wonderful unwarranted reasons. "Just because" the police have used they're powers they have to put Ross away where they no where he'll be they are useless when it comes to paedofiles murderers rapist etc Ross never stood a chance at adjusting to normal life again as he deserved to be. He was put into a flat he could stand up straight in he had no help whatsoever except from friends and family the justice system is a **** horrible thing and YES WE ARE PUSHING FOR AN APPEAL chin up Ross won't be as long as you think PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ON FACEBOOK :-)
Signed already, and I will get as many people as I can to also sign it to get him out of prison, poor sod , let him have a chance in life at least !!!!, not going to learn anything in there that's for sure.
[quote][p][bold]rellula[/bold] wrote: I know Ross personally and he was harassed daily for all sorts of weird and wonderful unwarranted reasons. "Just because" the police have used they're powers they have to put Ross away where they no where he'll be they are useless when it comes to paedofiles murderers rapist etc Ross never stood a chance at adjusting to normal life again as he deserved to be. He was put into a flat he could stand up straight in he had no help whatsoever except from friends and family the justice system is a **** horrible thing and YES WE ARE PUSHING FOR AN APPEAL chin up Ross won't be as long as you think PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ON FACEBOOK :-)[/p][/quote]Signed already, and I will get as many people as I can to also sign it to get him out of prison, poor sod , let him have a chance in life at least !!!!, not going to learn anything in there that's for sure. wales1973
  • Score: -2

6:17pm Wed 18 Jun 14

auntiezeeee says...

I know ross and I also know he was persecuted by the local police, hounding him everywhere he went, I remember going in the wimpy with him, and there they appeared as if by magic asking why he was going in the wimpy, "I ask you how bloody sad is that", they are a disgrace to the police force, they should turn their badges in lying and exaggerating the facts.
well ross we wont let you down, were going to 10 downing street to fight for justice. the argus should talk to people about ross not just print what the police say, is it the truth just because its come out of an officers mouth, my opinion. "NOT A CHANCE"
I know ross and I also know he was persecuted by the local police, hounding him everywhere he went, I remember going in the wimpy with him, and there they appeared as if by magic asking why he was going in the wimpy, "I ask you how bloody sad is that", they are a disgrace to the police force, they should turn their badges in lying and exaggerating the facts. well ross we wont let you down, were going to 10 downing street to fight for justice. the argus should talk to people about ross not just print what the police say, is it the truth just because its come out of an officers mouth, my opinion. "NOT A CHANCE" auntiezeeee
  • Score: -1

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