Vehicle driven at Rye police officer

A MAN who drove his car at a police community support officer in Rye as he tried to issue a parking ticket has been ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation and fines.

PCSO Neil Holden suffered an injured leg during the incident in Rye High Street last June after the driver parked on yellow lines.

James Davie, 27, of Old Lydd Road, Camber, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a police officer when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court, but magistrates found the case against him proved.

PCSO Holden, who is based in Rye, said: “I hope this sentence shows that Sussex Police will not take assaulting one of their officers or members of staff lightly and sends a message to others who do not take legal parking seriously.

“I am pleased with this result and would like to thank the witnesses for their support.”