A WINCHESTER man has narrowly avoided being sent to prison for attacking a police officer.

James Anthony Lloyd, 32, admitted two attacks in the city centre within the space of four days earlier this month.

Basingstoke Magistrates Court heard that on December 6 he assaulted police officer Mohammed Hussein and threatening behaviour against James Dyson and Calum Stone.

On December 2, the court heard, he assaulted Neil Parker, advancing towards him holding a smashed glass bottle, and threatening behaviour.

Lloyd, of Christchurch Road, was jailed for eight weeks, suspended for 18 months. He must attend a thinking skills programme for 19 days and be under a rehabilitation activity requirement for up to 15 days.

Because of a lack of means there were no orders to compensation, victim surcharge or prosecution costs.