A pair of allegedly drug-dealing teens have appeared in court accused of attacking a police officer in Banbury.

The two boys, aged 14 and 16 but who cannot be named for legal reasons, were said by prosecutors to have been dealing cocaine, crack and heroin in the north Oxfordshire town on July 25.

During a police stop, the youths were said to have dragged the female officer to the ground and kicked her in the head in a getaway bid.

The younger boy is also said to have been in possession of a machete ‘in various streets in Banbury’.

The two boys, the older of whom is from Leamington Spa and the younger from Warwick, deny possession with intent to supply class A drugs and causing actual bodily harm.

District Judge Kamlesh Rana bailed both youths to return to court on September 5 for a case management hearing, when a trial date will be set.

The youngsters’ bail conditions include requirements that they keep away from Banbury, live and sleep at their parents’ homes, only leave the house with a parent, social worker or member of the Youth Offending Team, stay away from internet-enabled devices, report to the local police station and are supervised by the Youth Offending Team for 25 hours a week.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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