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Praise for two members of the public who helped with a Worthing arrest

04 Jul, 2018 15:49 News Justice Done

Police would like commend two members of the public for their bravery when they stepped in to help arrest an offender.

An officer had attended Worthing Hospital on Monday 18 June following reports of a man acting aggressively towards a member of staff. He then drove past a man nearby in Teville Road, Worthing, matching a similar description.

The officer identified the man as Richard Gray, 54, and went to arrest him for breaching his anti-social behaviour order.

Gray resisted the arrest and the two brave members of the public stepped in to help the officer.

PC Ian Whitehouse said: “I was on shift by myself and I spotted Gray who matched the description of an earlier incident.

“Gray has an anti-social behaviour order in place and the aggressive behaviour at the hospital put him in breach of this order.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the two members of public who came to my aid when Gray struggled against the arrest.

“The pair, whose identities are unknown, showed great bravery and courage in providing a helping hand.”

Gray of no fixed address was charged with assault by beating and two counts of breaching an anti-social behaviour.

He appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 19 June and pleaded guilty to all three offences. Gray was given a six week custodial sentence and a £115 fine.

 

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