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Man jailed after assaulting police officer, Barking

News   •   Aug 05, 2017 16:50 BST

[Nathan Alexander Forsythe]

A man has been jailed following his conviction for numerous offences in the Barking area.

Nathan Alexander Forsythe, 35 (28.07.82), of Stanley Road, Barking, was found guilty at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Monday, 31 July of theft from a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault on police and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order.

He was sentenced on the same day to a total of four months and two weeks' imprisonment.

Police Sergeant Gareth Schoorl, of the Abbey Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: "Forsythe is a prolific thief and a dangerous individual. I really hope this prison sentence can help him rehabilitate but, if not, his Criminal Behaviour Order is valid for three years and we will enforce any breaches."

Forsythe came to the attention of the local Safer Neighbourhoods team in March as an aggressive beggar who was often seen in Barking and Ilford town centres.

On Thursday, 8 June he was stopped by officers whilst riding a bicycle he had just stolen but managed to run away. He was arrested a few weeks later by officers in connection with thefts from mailboxes. He was charged with these offences but failed to appear at court.

On Monday, 17 July Forsythe was stopped by police on Ilford Lane where he was arrested for failing to appear at court. During this arrest, he kicked a police officer and violently resisted.

The following day, he was convicted of the two offences at Barkingside Magistrates' Court and given a three-month suspended prison sentence.

Following this, officers sought a Criminal Behaviour Order to prevent Forsythe from entering Barking Town Centre, begging and having an open alcoholic container in a public place.

On Thursday, 27 July, PS Schoorl saw Forysthe on Ilford Lane and established that he had broken into a nearby car. Two days later, he was spotted begging on Ripple Road.

As officers attempted to arrest Forsythe, he violently resisted arrest and kicked an officer.

He was subsequently charged with these additional offences before being convicted.