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Dogsthorpe man assaulted two police officers after dog visit

A Dogsthorpe man breached a suspended sentence order by assaulting two police officers.
Magistrates court
Peterborough Magistrates' Court

Matthew Stark, 40, will now return to crown court to hear if the order of 16 weeks in prison, imposed in February, will be activated.

Stark appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court in custody on Monday to plead guilty to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker in the early hours of June 4.

Prosecutor Giles Beaumont said police were called to Stark’s home in Bluebell Avenue by the defendant’s partner about how he was treating dogs.

He said: “When they go to Mr Stark about what may or may not have happened in relation to the dogs, Mr Stark pushed [the officer] in the chest.

"A colleague officer took hold of Mr Stark and at some point in the process of taking him down to the ground, an officer received a cut to the left hand."

They had concerns about Stark’s mental wellbeing but the defendant was “not going quietly” and kicked one of the officers in the stomach, below their body armour, Mr Beaumont said.

Claire Thorneley, mitigating, said her client was “incredibly upset” when she saw him in custody the following day and he wanted to apologise for his behaviour.

Ms Thorneley said it was in fact a neighbour who had called police out of concern for the couple.

“It was very apparent that, at the time, Mr Stark didn’t want to be arrested. That’s why he struggled,” she said. “Once he was in custody, he was fully compliant.”

Ms Thorneley said she understood that her client had spent 12 weeks in custody awaiting the court hearing in February when the suspended sentence was imposed.

She suggested that time on remand might be deemed as the sentence being served when the matter went before the crown court.

A pre-sentence report was ordered and the case was adjourned to the higher court on a date to be fixed.

Stark was granted bail with the condition he lives and sleeps at his home address.