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Jail for attack on Hampshire police sergeant

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Media captionSgt Kerry Lawrence has since resumed full duties

A man has been jailed for a "vicious attack" on a female police officer that was captured on her body-worn camera.

Craig Radbourne, 25, was jailed for three years for assaulting Sgt Kerry Lawrence as she responded to reports of a burglary in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in July.

He previously pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Hampshire Constabulary said Sgt Lawrence had since resumed full duties.

Winchester Crown Court heard Radbourne, of Stanmore Gardens in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, attacked the officer in the early hours of 6 July.

'Dangerous and unpredictable'

He repeatedly bashed her head on the ground after he was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

The attack was captured on Sgt Lawrence's body-worn camera.

After the hearing Ch Insp Simon Dodds said: "I know it was an extremely traumatic experience for Sgt Lawrence and her family and it also had a significant impact on her team and others at Basingstoke Police Station.

"I am pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of this offence in the sentence passed today."

John Apter, chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, said: "Police officers accept that they perform a dangerous and unpredictable job.

"I am pleased that the judge has given an appropriate sentence for this vicious and unprovoked attack on PS Lawrence."

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Image caption Craig Radbourne had been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly

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