A THUG who assaulted a police officer has been jailed for 42 weeks by magistrates.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how 32-year-old Jamie Roughsedge attacked PC Gulzar Akhtar in Bolton on July 20.

He also used threatening behaviour towards PC Akhtar and another officer. The abuse aimed at PC Akhtar was racial.

Only in February Roughsedge, of no fixed address, had been given an 18 week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after he stole an iPad. But the court heard that he had failed to obey the terms of the order.

Roughsedge pleaded guilty to committing the latest offences and magistrates decided to send him to jail as “the offence was so serious because it was a deliberate attack on a public servant carrying out public duties”.

In addition, he was ordered to pay each of the police officers £64 in compensation.