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4 February 2013, 11:19
Three men who attacked police officers that tried to stop them assaulting a doorman have been ordered to pay compensation.
Philip Rawlings, 45, of Station Road, Whittlesey, David Rawlings, 51, of Swallow Close, Whittlesey, and Michael Pulford, 30, of Horsegate Lane, Whittlesey, turned on a doorman after being asked to leave the George Hotel on the evening of March 3, last year.
They followed him into the Market Place where two officers moved in to calm the situation down.
But the men turned on the officers who were both assaulted before two passing off-duty officers came to their aid.
Despite their injuries, both officers made several arrests.
All three men were found guilty of affray on Wednesday (January 30) following a week-long trial at Peterborough Crown Court.
Philip Rawlings was also convicted of common assault on one of the officers and was sentenced to 46 weeks' imprisonment, the other two were given 36 weeks - with all three sentences suspended for two years.
Two other men were cleared of affray by the jury.
The three were ordered to pay a total of £1,500 to the two officers and each of them must pay £1,400 court costs.
Detective Constable Ahmed Ishaq said: "Officers should be able to carry out their duties without being subjected to this type of violence.
"The officers involved in this incident showed great bravery confronting the group and continuing to ensure the safety of the doorman despite being assaulted themselves."