A male suspect has appeared in court after he allegedly assaulted a police officer in Swanley.

George Groombridge, 30, was arrested on Thursday, May 7, after patrols were called to a disturbance in Laburnum Avenue.

The man was arrested for breaching a restraining order, before assaulting a police officer trying to resist arrest.

Groombridge also allegedly spat in a police vehicle.

He was later charged with breaching a restraining order, assaulting an emergency worker, resisting a constable in the execution of their duty and causing criminal damage.

Mr Groombridge, of no fixed address, was remanded by Medway Magistrates’ Court to appear before the same court on Friday 15 May.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers Act came into force in November 2018 and created a new offence of assault against emergency workers - including police, paramedics, nurses and other blue light workers. It also provides tougher sentencing powers for judges.

Several emergency workers have been targeted locally in recent weeks, with hospital staff the victim of theft and police workers being assaulted and spat on.

Yesterday it emerged that a railway ticket officer, Belly Mujinha, had died from Covid-19 after she was spat at on the concourse of Victoria station.