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Wittering paedophile jailed after pleading guilty to assault at Peterborough Crown Court

A convicted paedophile who attacked a police officer has been jailed.

Neil Bevan, 55, was convicted of making indecent images of children in 2002 and 2011 and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register until September 2020.

At a routine visit to his home on February 9 in Maltby Close, Wittering, an officer from the Public Protection Unit requested to inspect his mobile phone.

MSMP Neil Bevan (21041520)
MSMP Neil Bevan (21041520)

During the inspection he admitted he had been deleting WhatsApp messages.

When the officer attempted to seize the phone as evidence Bevan became violent, pushing the officer to the ground and punching him.

He then bit him on the shoulder and head butted him in the face, before being arrested by the officer.

Today (November 6) at Peterborough Crown Court, Bevan, now of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Detective constable, Jim Howard, said: "All registered sex offenders in our county are allocated a member of our Public Protection Unit team to monitor them.

"Part of this includes carrying out unannounced visits at their home, accessing their electronic devices and speaking to them about their daily activity.

"As soon as we arrived at his address it was apparent he had something to hide.

"His actions quickly turned violent and I want to commend the officers involved for their ability to regain control of the situation without any serious injuries.”

Man suspected of actual bodily harm is arrested.

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