A DRUNK YOB has been jailed after an “outrageous” attack on a policeman.

Edward Elsden-Smith was acting aggressively and threatening people in Broadwater Street West in Worthing in February.

Witnesses saw him kick a parked car and break off the wing mirror, then approached a police car himself.

The officers went to arrest the 22-year-old for criminal damage, but Elsden-Smith then launched an attack and punched one PC in the face, knocking him to the floor.

Footage was captured on a police body-worn camera.

The thug admitted assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage, breaching a community order, and breaching a suspended sentence when he appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court.

The suspended sentence was for headbutting a police officer and assaulting two other officers in Worthing in May last year.

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Detective Sergeant Kieran McDonald said: "Elsden-Smith's behaviour and actions were outrageous and violent towards the officer who was trying to protect the public.

“Our officers and staff find themselves in a wide variety of often unpredictable and fast moving situations.

“We do not believe that any form of assault is acceptable and should never be viewed as part of the job.

“We don't tolerate violence against anyone in Sussex including our own officers and staff and are robust in pursuing the offenders and bringing them to justice."

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Elsden-Smith, of Offington Lane, Worthing, was jailed for 18 weeks for the attack, and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.