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BAILED: Man 'spat in police officer's eye' during arrest in Maidstone

Friday 4th June 2021

TWO men have been charged with spitting at police officers in Maidstone.

The officers were targeted and assaulted during the space of a few hours on May 27.

A man, who was arrested for reportedly assaulting a woman in Brunwuck Street, became aggressive in custody and injured a constable's arm.

The suspect was then taken to hospital where it is alleged he spat in an officer’s eye.

Callum Geary, 25, of Dickens Road, was later charged with two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker and two further assaults. He was also charged with theft and criminal damage.

During the same evening, a man was seen shouting racial abuse near Fremlin Walk.

The man is said to have threatened members of the public who challenged him and was arrested nearby.

The suspect then 'spat on both a female officer’s neck and at a member of the public.'

John Devall, 37, of no fixed address, was charged with assault, assault by beating of an emergency worker and two counts of racially aggravated harassment.

Both suspects were remanded in custody and appeared before Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on May 29. Mr Devall was bailed to return to the court on June 7 and Mr Geary was bailed until July 5.