A man and woman from Cobham who attacked a Surrey police officer at the side of the road were both found guilty of assault on yesterday (October 7).

The assault happened as the officer from Surrey Road Policing Unit (RPU) carried out a traffic stop check on Hawksview in Cobham on May 12 earlier this year.

The passenger, a man from Cobham, was found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker and given an 8 month jail sentence (suspended for two years).

He was also ordered to pay compensation and a fine, the amount of which was not revealed.

The driver, a woman from Cobham, was found guilty of assault of an emergency worker, drink driving, having no licence and no insurance.

She was ordered to pay £50 compensation, issued a £160 fine, plus given £250 in costs and a £85 victim surgcharge to pay.

The woman was also handed 200 hours unpaid work, and a 25-month driving ban, Surrey RPU said.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder for Surrey and Sussex RPU said that being assaulted should "never" be considered as part of the job for police.

"As a Force, we take an extremely robust stance towards anyone who assaults one of our officers acting in the course of their duty.

"Assaults against emergency service workers and completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"Being assaulted during the course of your duty is not, and should never be, regarded as part of the job," he said.

"We encourage all Surrey Police officers and staff who are assaulted on duty to report it to their line manager immediately, so that we can support them and bring the offender to justice.

"We have a seven point plan in place to deal with such incidents, which is focused on ensuring a thorough investigation is carried and that the appropriate welfare support is in place," a spokesperson for Surrey Police added.