Shoplifter Jailed for Assaulting Emergency Workers

Terry Purser spat at and headbutted police officers as they arrested him

Terry Purser dislocated the shoulder of one of the arresting officersTerry Purser dislocated the shoulder of one of the arresting officers



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A 48-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months after being found guilty of an assault on emergency workers and shoplifting.

Terry Purser of no fixed abode was detained by police officers from the Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the centre of Ealing on Thursday 2 December. The officers were patrolling the area when store detectives alerted them that they were in pursuit of a shoplifter.

Purser was arrested for shoplifting £400 worth of goods from a local business. On being searched he was found in possession of wire cutters and was further arrested for going equipped to steal.

During his arrest, he became non-compliant and while he was being restrained he spat at the police officers. PC Boast tried to protect himself by extending his arm towards Purser who headbutted his hand causing his shoulder to dislocate.

On Friday 3 December 2021 Purser was charged with a total of 9 offences and was remanded in custody until his first court hearing on 9 December 2021.

After pleading guilty Purser was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday 13 January 2022 to 12 months imprisonment for assaulting emergency workers and shoplifting.

Sergeant James Lenton, supervisor for the Ealing neighbourhood teams said, “This is a positive result and gives a clear message to people who assault emergency workers who are simply trying to do their job and serve their communities as well as those who steal that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. Nobody comes to work to get injured or assaulted. Sentencing Purser to a period of imprisonment rightly recognises this”.


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January 20, 2022

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