Richmond man jailed after attacking police officers

Defendant threatened people at Tesco in Catterick Garrison

Andrew Peacock.

A Richmond man who assaulted several police officers, caused trouble at a hospital and threatened people at a supermarket has been jailed for 12 months.

Andrew James Peacock, 42, was also given a five-year criminal-behaviour order which prohibits him from drinking in public places after he admitted a series of violent offences.

In one incident, on October 31 last year, Peacock, attacked two female police officers after they responded to his 999 call on the A1(M) at Leeming Bar.

Two weeks earlier, on October 16, he assaulted two other officers, including a crisis team support worker, at his home in Alexandra Way, Richmond, said prosecutor Martin Butterworth.

On October 2, Peacock was arrested for public disorder at Darlington Memorial Hospital after some “argy-bargy”.

On November 9, he threatened and harassed people, including a named woman, at the Tesco supermarket in Richmondshire Walk, Catterick Garrison.

On January 12 this year, he was in trouble again for being drunk and disorderly in South Parade, Northallerton.

A separate allegation of being drunk and disorderly in March was ultimately dropped by the prosecution.

Peacock was not in court to receive his sentence on Friday, April 1, but was dealt with in absentia after pleading guilty to several offences including assaulting police officers and emergency workers, public disorder, harassment and threatening behaviour with intent to cause alarm or distress, being drunk and disorderly and an electronic communications offence, namely a nuisance 999 call.

Peacock will serve half of the 12-month sentence behind bars before being released on prison licence.

He will then be subjected to post-custody supervision for a year.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156 and made subject to the criminal-behaviour order, which includes a four-month alcohol-monitoring programme with the Horizons charity and a Motivation to Change course.

The order also prohibits him from drinking alcohol or being drunk in public.