Man charged with assaults after Titchfield fracas

A MAN from Fareham has been charged following a public order incident in the Titchfield Common area last weekend, which saw items thrown at police officers attending the scene.

Hampshire Constabulary received reports between 7am and 8am on Sunday, September 12, of a man acting aggressively in Churchill Close – a street adjacent to Cyprus Road, Titchfield.

When they arrived, officers were threatened with abuse while bottles and stones were hurled in the direction of emergency services. Fortunately nobody was injured in the barrage and an arrest was made soon afterwards

James Anthony Harris, aged 38, of Park Cottage Drive, Fareham has been charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.

This latest incident comes months after figures released by the Home Office – and reported in the Daily Echo – showed a four-year high in the number of assaults on Hampshire police officers during the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns. According to data, 1,304 attacks on police were recorded in the region between April 2020 and March 2021, most being coughing or spitting in a ‘time of fear’ as restrictions continued.