Simon Tait Wiki – Simon Tait Biography
Simon Tait was jailed for four years and four months at Norwich Crown Court. This is the moment an armed police officer blasted a paedophile with a rubber bullet after he brandished a fake assault rifle outside a village pub.
Police bodycam video shows the officer and his colleague being confronted by Tait pointing a fake M16 assault rifle at them when they arrived at the Coldham Hall Tavern in Surlingham, South Norfolk.
He is 38 years old.
The incident happened on May 23 after he turned up at the pub with the gun and threatened to shoot people, causing some to flee and others to hide.
Tait of Surlingham, who later attacked another officer while being treated in hospital, was jailed for four years and four months at Norwich Crown Court last week.
He had earlier admitted possessing a replica gun, making a threatening call to the pub, assaulting the office and possessing indecent images of children.
The officer told how he had faced an ‘armed officer’s worst nightmare’ by looking down the barrel of Tait’s gun without knowing if it was real or fake.
He said in a victim impact statement read to the court: ‘I know as part of my role I may have to make life and death decisions and put myself in harm’s way to protect others. I also know that in any incident, my actions would be scrutinised in the months and years afterwards to ensure the action taken was necessary.
‘My shift before the incident had been relatively normal. I have a dual working as roads policing officer in downtime, so I had been doing patrols and had dealt with a man for public order offences and was doing paperwork for this matter when the call came in regarding Tait.
‘I could immediately sense from the nature of the call and the way the information was being relayed over the radio that Tait was serious about his intention to provoke a police shooting.
‘At the time, I didn’t think about the consequences. I just focussed on the job at hand and putting all my training into action. I had armed myself with an AEP launcher (baton round).
One regular told Tait to ‘put the weapon down, which he did before later picking it up and pointing it at him. The drinker recalled how he felt ‘scared like he never did before’ and ‘genuinely thought he would die.
The court was told how the police officer had just enough time to select a non-lethal baton round as Tait had slipped as the police car pulled up in the car park.
Tait was taken to hospital due to the baton round injury to his leg, but he was difficult with medical staff and became more aggressive. The court heard he assaulted the police officer with him by grabbing and twisting his wrist and trying to spit at him.
The incident happened three months after police investigating an image shared online carried out a search warrant at Tait’s home. Several devices were seized, and police found more than 1,000 indecent images of children on his mobile phone.
Judge Andrew Shaw told Tait that he had become ‘completely unstable’ due to earlier events that caused him to ‘want to end your life.
He said Tait was ‘clearly intending a fatal action’ by provoking police and accused him of creating a severe risk of severe psychological harm to those present as well as a high risk of his death.
Damien Moore, defending Tait, praised the ‘remarkable bravery of the police officers. He added: ‘All of this was to end his (Tait’s) own life’.
Mr Moore said: ‘He wanted to be shot dead. He had no intent to injure the attending officers or indeed anyone else’.
He added that Tait was a ‘completely broken and desperate man who had been abused as a child and had hit ‘rock bottom’ and had attempted to take his own life previously.
Mr Moore described him as being ‘completely unstable’ and ’emotionally blind to his actions. Tait was also given a ten-year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) and put on the sex offenders register for ten years.