An Eastleigh man punched a police officer in the face and slammed another against a wall.

Edward Darren Foote, 47, of no fixed abode, assaulted the officers at an address on Chestnut Avenue in Eastleigh on Wednesday, April 3.

During the incident, one of the officers was punched in the face, while another was pushed into a wall.

One of the officers involved in the incident suffered swelling, cuts and bruises as a result of the assault by Foote.

The offender appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, June 14, and was ordered to pay a total of £320 in compensation to the officers, both of whom work on the District Policing Team.

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Foote has also been made subject to a community order and a rehabilitation activity requirement, for which he must comply with instructions in attending appointments or participating in any activity as required, up to a maximum of 15 days.

Speaking after the sentencing, Eastleigh District Commander, Chief Inspector Matt Paling, said: “We will never tolerate our officers being assaulted in the course of their duties.

“Our officers work tirelessly every single day to serve and protect the public, putting themselves in harm’s way in the process.

“They should never have to fear an assault, physical or verbal, in their continued efforts to keep the community safe.

“I am pleased to see that Foote has been held to account for his offending against our officers.”