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Man in court on police officer attack charge
A BOURNEMOUTH man has appeared in court following an alleged assault on a police officer last week.
William Keenan, 42, of Chestnut Avenue, Southbourne, was charged with failing to comply with a dispersal notice and assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest.
He appeared in Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, but did not enter a plea, and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on Friday.
Keenan was arrested on Thursday, along with Michelle Meech, who appeared in court on Friday accused of assaulting a police officer.
Meech, 33, of Carnarvon Road, Boscombe, pleaded not guilty to the charge, and will reappear in court on May 29. She was given bail.
PC Adam Carr was left with serious head injuries after an incident outside Nationwide Building Society in Christchurch Road.
Following the incident, which left him with a deep cut on his hairline, he was taken to Poole Hospital.
The officer chose to have his head glued, as 10 stitches would otherwise have been needed.
His condition is still being assessed by doctors.
Bournemouth Council leader John Beesley said: “I’m shocked and saddened to hear of this latest incident in Boscombe and my thoughts go out to our police colleagues.
“I'd like to reassure residents that we will continue to work very closely with the police to tackle crime as an absolute priority for Boscombe.
“The Boscombe Regeneration Partnership remains fully committed to the area and despite this recent incident we are confident that with ongoing, targeted work with the commitment from all of our partners we will be able to tackle the key issues most affecting Boscombe including, crime, housing and health.
“This latest incident is a great shame and overshadows the ongoing positive work taking place.
“I know that there is a strong community spirit in Boscombe with residents and traders who work tirelessly in partnership with the council and the police to try and make improvements to make the area a better place for residents.
“We are determined to continue with the good work and we will continue to do all we can to improve the area for people who live, work or visit here.”