Essex

Charges after petrol thrown at police in Basildon

Ward Close, Basildon
Image caption The officers were attacked as they arrested a suspect in Ward Close, Basildon

Three people have been charged after police officers were doused with petrol during an arrest.

Officers were called to Ward Close in Basildon to reports of a stolen motorbike at about 16:30 BST on Sunday.

Justin Jackson, 28, of Ward Close, is charged with seven counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Janine Justin, 47, of Ward Close, and a 17-year-old boy from Basildon, who cannot be named, have also been charged.

Two officers had to be taken to hospital for treatment after petrol got in their eyes. Others has to be washed down at the address, though no long-term harm is expected.

Essex Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: "I will absolutely not tolerate any violent behaviour against my officers doing their jobs to protect the communities we serve.

"Thankfully these brave officers have suffered no lasting effects as a result of the incident."

The boy has been charged with dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of handling stolen goods.

Both the teenager and Mr Jackson were due to appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court, while Ms Justin, who was charged with possession of an offensive weapon, will appear on 30 May.

A 17-year-old girl from Corringham, a 20-year-old woman from Basildon and a 30-year-old man from Basildon were also arrested at the scene but have all been released under investigation.

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