Man avoids jail term after assaulting police officers

York Magistrates' Court.

A Richmondshire man who assaulted three police officers has avoided a jail sentence.

David Stobbart, of Brokes, near Richmond, admitted a string of offences on April 17 in what York Magistrates’ Court heard was “appalling behaviour committed over a short period of time”.

York Magistrates’ Court heard this week how the 41-year-old assaulted Sergeant Sharon Findlay and PCSO Lucy Osborn in an incident in the hamlet.

He also admitted being drunk and disorderly in Frenchgate, Richmond, on the same day.

Stobbart also pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Jonathon Lewis and being drunk and disorderly at York Train Station on May 6.

In a separate incident, the defendant was charged for violent disorder in the Ralph Fitz Randal pun in Richmond and using threatening behaviour in the Co-op in Richmond on June 2.

He again admitted both charges.

For all offences the defendant was sentenced to 44 weeks in prison.

However, the sentence was suspended for two years.

Stobbart was also banned from the Co-op and the Ralph Fitz Randal for two years, as well as being ordered to pay compensation totalling £200 to his victims.