A MAN from up country who assaulted an emergency worker while in Cornwall as well as harassing another victim has been sentenced in a Cornish magistrates' court

Thomas Elliot Bedford, aged 27, of Bronte Court on Seaton Road in Mitcham in Surrey appeared in front of magistrates at Truro Magistrates' Court on Thursday, July 28 on one count of assaulting an emergency worker and one count of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The offences all took place on Thursday, July 14 of this year, with Bedford pleading guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress while in Truro.

He also pleaded guilty to the common assault of a police officer while at Perranporth.

Bedford also appeared in court on one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to the same police officer, however, this offence was withdrawn.

During his sentencing, Bedford was made the subject of a community order in which he must take part in an accredited programme for a period of 19 days as well as take part in a Thinking Skills rehabilitation activity programme for a maximum period of up to 20 days.

Alongside the rehabilitation programmes, Bedford will also have to carry out unpaid work for 70 hours within the next twelve months.

He was also made to pay compensation of £50, pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £95, and pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The court also noted how Bedford's guilty pleas had been taken into account when imposing the sentence.