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Kidderminster man jailed after punching two police officers

By Dayna Farrington | Kidderminster | Crime | Published:

A Kidderminster man has been jailed after assaulting two police officers on duty.

Darren Paolucci

Darren Paolucci, 50, punched two officers numerous times when they were trying to arrest him after he caused damage at a property in the town.

He appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates Court on April 13 where he pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a property, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault of an emergency worker.

Officers were called to a disturbance in Kidderminster on April 12, at around 12.45pm, where Paolucci had caused significant damage at a property.

While being arrested, he punched two officers a number of times – causing one of them to require hospital treatment.

Both officers have now recovered from the assault and have returned to duty.

Paolucci, of Mill Lane, Kidderminster, was taken into custody and charged with the three offences.

On April 13, he was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay compensation.

Investigating officer PC Matthew Ling, from West Mercia Police, said: "This was an abhorrent assault on two police officers, who were simply doing their job.

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"I am pleased that we were able to promptly arrest, charge and subsequently secure a conviction against Paolucci for his actions.

"Emergency service personnel put themselves in harm's way every day to help and protect members of our community.

"Like everyone else they have a right to work safely and without the threat of violence, and I hope this conviction sends a message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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