Published: 13:14, 18 December 2020
| Updated: 13:16, 18 December 2020
A thug who attacked a council enforcement officer and unleashed a barrage of abuse at three others has been spared jail.
All of the incidents involving Ben Barratt were captured on body-worn cameras worn by the victims involved in Central Parade, Herne Bay.
The first took place in January and the others, including the assault, within a week in June.
He was sentenced to 90 days in prison, suspended for 18 months, when he appeared at Margate Magistrates’ Court on December 3.
The 36-year-old had pleaded guilty to assault by beating, three offences under the Public Order Act, driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.
The Central Parade resident was also ordered to pay £50 in compensation.
Canterbury City Council’s lead councillor for enforcement Cllr Ashley Clark said: “Such thuggery merits condemnation and the full weight of the law.
"Our enforcement officers are good people performing a necessary role and simply do not deserve to be treated in this way.
“Be warned, we will always push for those who are abusive and violent to be prosecuted. We expect the fullest backing of the courts when it comes to sentencing."
He told how the footage shows how officers "remained polite, dignified and professional while being faced by a barrage of abuse".
"It knocks the nonsense peddled on social media about them being power-crazed jobsworths on the head," he added.
“It is obvious but needs spelling out to some. Respect the rules and those who have the task of enforcing them.
“These are the same people who often called upon to give first aid, help deal with car accidents, search for missing people, support others under severe mental strain and provide other acts of simple help and kindness.
“In fact, if Barratt needed their help now or in the future, they simply wouldn’t hesitate."