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Sussex Police Federation

Man jailed for injuring Sussex Police officers - Federation statement

12 December 2019

Statement from Matt Webb, Chairman of Sussex Police Federation, after car thief Jack Robson – who drove into two Sussex Police officers and a member of the public – is jailed for four years and eight months for causing serious injury by driving dangerously.

Matt said: “Our thoughts today are with our brave colleagues PC Lisa Holt and PC Tim Bradbury and the member of the public who were severely injured by this scumbag.

“Police officers are wives, husbands, mothers and fathers – they have every right to go home in one piece at the end of their shifts. Robson showed no regard for our colleagues as he drove straight into them that night.

“We had hoped that this would be dealt with as an attempt to murder our Sussex Police colleagues and that it should have gone to trial as such but were assured that there was insufficient evidence to support these offences. It remains a source of frustration amongst our colleagues that this criminal has been able to plead guilty on a lesser charge of causing serious injury by driving dangerously that attracted lower sentencing powers.

“We need to send a stronger message that deters people from these acts of violence and we need the Criminal Justice System to back us.”

The court heard how both officers suffered from “excruciating pain” following the attack and that “PC Bradbury had to have a number of operations to multiple fractures.”

It was told that “their careers have been blighted and they face long-term consequences, both physically and mentally."

Matt added: “Our colleagues suffered what the court heard were catastrophic injuries and neither has been able to return to work. This sadly shows once again the dangers police officers face every day as they protect the public.

“Both Lisa and Tim face a long road to recovery - but we will continue to support them every step of the way.”