‘Rampage’ man, 28, who injured Pc with rock during Stowmarket pub fracas is given jail term

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A man who went on a drink-fuelled ‘rampage’ in Stowmarket during which a police officer was hit in the face by a rock has been jailed.

Pc Luke Allard sustained a suspected broken nose and other injuries caused by the actions of Shane Mabberley, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The 28-year-old was imprisoned for 13 months after previously pleading guilty to actual bodily harm, two counts of affray and another of criminal damage on June 2.

Mabberley, of no fixed address, also admitted two charges of theft on May 27 and asked for a further theft to be taken into consideration.

Prosecutor Peter Gair told the court the June 2 incidents began around 5.45pm when Mabberley went to the Little Wellington pub in Stowupland Street, Stowmarket. As he was already barred the landlord Derek Jones told to him to leave and escorted him from the premises.

Mr Gair said after Mr Jones threw Mabberley out he picked up a concrete slab and threw it at the landlord, causing a scratch to the publican’s forearm as he tried to block it.

Mabberley was chased away and police were called.

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Officers saw Mabberley in a courtyard by Stowmarket railway station after he climbed a 6ft-7ft-high wall. Pc Allard climbed on to the wall but Mabberley refused to come out. Mabberley threw a rock which hit the Pc in the face, causing a suspected broken nose, a wound above his left eye, and an injury to an eye socket.

Mabberley subsequently caused damage to a prison cell after being arrested.

Mr Gair said Mabberley had also shoplifted beer and food from a shop in Needham Market on two occasions on May 27.

Edward Cole, representing Mabberley, said his client had mental health and alcohol issues.

Sentencing Mabberley, Recorder Richard Atchley referred to the Stowmarket incidents by saying: “This is a rampage by you which ended in you throwing lumps of concrete at police officers and that will not be tolerated by this court.”

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