Superintendent praises ‘courageous’ police officers who were injured during ‘nasty’ and ‘unprovoked’ assault.

A man has been sent to prison for assaulting two police officers in Bideford.

Sergeant Paul McWhinnie and PC Sandy Fish were subjected to the ‘unpleasant’ assault on Sunday morning when dealing with suspected drink driver Sam Bulley.

Toby Davies, superintendent for North and West Devon, said Bulley was ‘unpredictable and violent’.

He left the two officers with ‘nasty bruising and swelling’ during the ‘unprovoked attack’, said Supt Davies.

Bulley pleaded guilty in court yesterday to assault, drink driving and possessing a bladed article.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison.

Sup Davies added: “This incident is a reminder of the risk that police officers face every day in making North and West Devon a safer place for the rest of us.

“At least for the next few months, following the courageous approach of both PC Fish and Sgt McWhinnie, it has ensured a dangerous and unpleasant man is behind bars and will be banned for many more months to come.”

Both officers had to be taken to North Devon District Hospital for their injuries, and are reportedly recovering well.