A TEENAGER assaulted two police officers during a drunken car park brawl – but managed to avoid prison.

Levi Bellfield, 18, of Belgrave Close, Eastwood, assaulted the officers – one of whom was female – during the incident at Websters Way car park in Rayleigh on May 25.

Police were called to the area after receiving reports of drunken behaviour and four men fighting after an open air cinema event at King George V Park.

The teen was arrested and charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, two counts of using threatening words intending to stir up religious or sexual orientation hatred and two counts of criminal damage.

He admitted the charges when he appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court and was handed a 12-month community order which requires him to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and 20 hours of a rehabilitation activity.

The court also ordered him to pay £85 in costs.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also arrested and charged with obstructing an officer and a public order offence. He will appear at Basildon Youth Court later this month.

Rayleigh town councillor David Sperring said: “I am happy to see disciplinary action was taken.

“There are a number of issues within the area, not just in Rayleigh but across the whole district.

“I understand that the police have on several occasions arrested individuals and they have come out with decisions that perhaps some people would regard as insufficient or disappointing.

“I would not wish to pass judgement on the verdict a judge deems is necessary.”