Man admits assaulting two community Speed Watch volunteers
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A man has pleaded guilty to the assault of two Community Speed Watch volunteers in Cannock last year.
Joshua Colley, aged 25, of Whitby Way, Cannock, admitted two counts of assault by beating at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday (25 April).
The court heard how Colley was caught driving in excess of 40 MPH in a 30 MPH zone on Hatherton Road, Cannock, by Community Speed Watch volunteers on 13 September (2021).
Colley, who was the driver and sole occupant of a black Ford Focus, turned-around after spotting the volunteers on the roadside.
He verbally abused those at the scene and proceeded to punch one man in the stomach and grapple with another.
Both men did not require medical treatment for their injuries and Colley left the scene immediately after.
Colley has been issued with a 12-month community order, ordered to pay £400 in costs and £95 for victim surcharge.
Justin Bibby, Assistant Chief Constable at Staffordshire Police, said: “Volunteers should be able to go about their duties without fear of violence or abuse. They play a pivotal role in safeguarding road users and pedestrians across Staffordshire.
“Volunteers, just like officers, are championing this cause and remain dedicated to ensuring road safety is respected.
“They should not be subject to violence and we would like to reiterate our appreciation for their valued contribution to road safety in Staffordshire.”
Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Helen Fisher, co-chairs the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership alongside Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams. She said: “This sentence sends a clear message that such a deplorable act of violence against two volunteers, who were giving up their own time to make their streets safer for their families, friends and neighbours, will not be tolerated.
“Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents, and an ongoing concern for many of our communities. Supported by the police, Community Speed Watch volunteers play an important role in making drivers aware of the dangers of speeding, and helping people address issues in their local area.”