A man has been jailed for attacking two police officers – leaving one officer with a bite wound so deep it fractured his hand.
A second female officer was left with injuries to her back and legs after being repeatedly kicked and thrown to the ground.
Alfie Butler, from Colchester, was found attempting to kick the door down of a home of a young family, who knew him, on September 20 last year in New Road, Feering.
Essex Police had been called to the property following a disturbance that day and found the 27-year-old trying to force his way into the home.
At Chelmsford Crown court, it was heard how Butler jumped over the gate into the back garden and tried to climb over the fence.
As the two officers tried to grapple Butler, he struck the male officer in the face before pushing the female colleague to the ground.
The officers tackled him to the floor where he repeatedly kicked the female officer and bit the hand of the male officer so hard he had to have bone fragments removed from the wound.
Both officers were left with multiple injuries as a result of the incident that day.
Butler was charged with assaulting an emergency worker, causing grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest.
He admitted the charges at a hearing at court where he was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
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Following the sentencing investigating officer Det Con Red Leeson of Braintree CID said: “Every day the hard-working men and women of Essex Police work hard to protect our communities, they run into the face of danger while others walk away – they never know what they will face.
“On this occasion our two officers responded to a 999 call from a young family in distress who were terrified at Butler trying to kick down their door and force his way into their home.
“What happened next was absolutely disgraceful – in trying to apprehend Butler and protect the family inside, our colleagues were subjected to a violent attack which left both of them with multiple injuries.”
He added: “Despite the attack on both officers and the level of violence they faced, they did not give up until they had arrested Butler and ensured the family inside the property were safe. Both officers are a credit to Essex Police.
“Attacks on emergency workers are not acceptable – we are the people who turn up to work every single day to help our communities – and thankfully our criminal justice partners recognise this and that is reflected in the sentence handed down to Butler.”