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Man sentenced for attempted grievous bodily harm of police officer

A 46 year old man from Cleeve Prior has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the attempted grievous bodily harm of a police officer.

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Michael Ronald Park
On Thursday 13 July, a jury at Worcester Crown Court found Michael Ronald Park, aged 46 from Evesham Road, Cleeve Prior, guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He pleaded guilty to failing to stop after a road accident, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and using a motor vehicle on a road without insurance.

The incident happened at Oat Street, Evesham, on 7 February 2017 when PC Paul Buffery and a colleague were on foot patrol in the town. The officers saw Michael Park, known as Bobby, driving a car and, knowing him to be disqualified, PC Buffery stood in the road indicating for Mr Park to stop the vehicle and he purposely drove the vehicle at the officer knocking him to the ground, causing minor injuries to his legs, shoulder and head.
 
During the trial the jury decided that Michael Park deliberately drove at PC Buffery with the intention of causing personal injury, and then failed to stop after the collision. He was sentenced to ten years in prison and was disqualified from driving for 7 and half years.

West Mercia Police Policing Commander for South Worcestershire, Kevin Purcell said: "Our officers work hard to protect our local communities and the most vulnerable from harm. PC Buffery is a dedicated officer who is well respected in the Evesham community and was deliberately injured whilst doing his duty to protect local people. I would particularly like to express my thanks to him for his bravery in trying to protect other road users from the risks presented by a disqualified driver, and to the members of the public who supported our investigation and helped us secure this conviction."

 

Published 14/07/17