05 Aug Police officer’s arm broken and ‘hanging like spaghetti’ while making arrest in Great Yarmouth
A police officer whose arm was broken and left “hanging like spaghetti” following a struggle during an arrest said he has never experienced anything like it in his career.
PC Anthony Hogan was one of two officers who tried to arrest Danton Whitmore following a domestic incident at an address in Southtown, Great Yarmouth.
Whitmore, who happened to be at an address that was searched by police the following day, refused to go with the officers and insisted he wanted a cigarette outside.
A struggle ensued during which PC Hogan felt a “snapping sound” which resulted in his arm “hanging off like spaghetti”.
Whitmore, 22, of Northgate Street, Yarmouth, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday after previously admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm on February 26 this year.
Sentencing him to 30 months in prison, Judge Stephen Holt said: “Police officers must expect and everyone must understand that police officers have a right to be protected by the courts and anyone that causes serious injury to a police officer has to expect an immediate term of custody.”
The court heard that PC Hogan was in “unbearable pain” as a result of the spiral fracture to the upper arm.
A plate and screws were inserted following the incident in February but it is expected to take 12 months to fully recover from the incident which had left him reflecting on his career.
Speaking after the case PC Hogan, who welcomed the sentence, said: “I’ve served as a police officer for many years; suffered cuts and bruises, but nothing like this. We accept, with the job we do, there will be occasions where you suffer injuries, but not to this extent. There is no justification for that level of violence, especially against people who are there to protect genuine members of the public.”
Michael Clare, for Whitmore, a security guard, said it was an “unfortunate incident” which was “not intended”.
The sentencing comes as Paul Ridgway, chairman of the Norfolk Police Federation, is trying to get the issue of attacks on officers raised nationally.
this news story was provided by Great Yarmouth Mercury