Man jailed for assaulting PCSO
2 June 2017 Local News
Philip Alaimo, aged 28, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) on duty in Hanley.
The incident occurred last June whilst the PCSO was investigating a theft from the shopping centre after recognising the defendant.
Alaimo, from Lindley Street, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, today (Fri 2 June) pleaded guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to inflicting grievous bodily harm, theft, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage to property, resulting in a combined sentence of two years and six months imprisonment.
Ch Insp Neil Hulme, commander of Stoke Central Local Policing Team (LPT), said: “Such violent acts against police officers and staff will not be tolerated.
“Police officers do face risk on a daily basis – the very nature of policing is risky – but they should not be subject to physical, or verbal abuse when they are trying to help people and resolve difficult situations.
“The fact that Alaimo has been sent to prison should act as a deterrent to others who think that it is acceptable to attack police officers and our PCSOs.”
Due to this incident the PCSO sustained significant head and neck injuries which resulted in surgery at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and further treatment. He has since returned to active duty.
A police officer also involved did not require hospital treatment and has since returned to active duty.