Three men have been charged following two separate incidents in which two police dog handlers were assaulted in Andover this weekend (January 10 and 11).
The first incident took place on Saturday, shortly after 6am. A female police dog handler was dealing with an unrelated incident involving a damaged car which had been abandoned at the junction of Foxcotte Road and Charlton Road, Andover. The handler together with her police dog, a German Shepherd, were tracking the occupants down a nearby alley when they were confronted by a Vauxhall Vivaro driving towards them.
Following a confrontation, the officer was assaulted in the course of her duties, sustaining bruising and muscle damage. Two men were subsequently arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
Liam Robinson, 19, of Exeter Street, Salisbury, is charged with burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and assaulting a police officer.
Scott Kevin Emery,20, of is charged with drink driving, burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of criminal damage. He is also charged with driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
They appeared before magistrates at Basingstoke this afternoon (Monday 12th January 2015).
In a separate incident yesterday morning (Sunday, January 11), another female police dog handler was shot in the face with a BB gun as she sat in her marked police vehicle
Shortly after 6am on Sunday morning (January 11), the officer was stationary at the roundabout with the junction of Western Way and Eastern Way, when she was shot in the face with a BB gun by a passing motorist.
The officer received a bruised eye.
A 26-year-old man was stopped by police a short time later and arrested.
Saul Melvyn Whitaker, of The Crescent, Andover, is charged with assault, dangerous driving, and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. He also appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates Court today.