At­tacker kicked of­fi­cer in the head

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO men have been fined af­ter a cy­clist and po­lice of­fi­cer were at­tacked.

Adam Bai­ley, 20, of Eas­try Close, Stan­hope, and Martin John­son, 20, of Speld­hurst Close, Stan­hope, ap­peared at Ash­ford Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

The court heard how on Oc­to­ber 3, a man was cy­cling along the foot­path in Vic­to­ria Road when he was ap­proached by three men and at­tacked.

John­son, who had pre­vi­ously pleaded not guilty to the theft of the bike, changed his plea at Mon­day’s hear­ing and ad­mit­ted the of­fence.

Bai­ley also changed his plea, ad­mit­ting re­sist­ing ar­rest.

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He also ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing and in­sult­ing words and be­hav­iour to­wards the cy­clist.

Donna East, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The vic­tim said he was at­tacked. He said John­son blocked his path and his bike was taken.

“Dur­ing ar­rest Bai­ley said he was hav­ing an asthma at­tack and passed out. It was clear he was fak­ing.

“He was shout­ing and swear­ing and kicked a po­lice of­fi­cer in the head and had to be put in an emer­gency re­straint belt.”

Bai­ley was fined £100 for threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour and £75 for re­strain­ing ar­rest.

He was and or­dered to pay £60 costs.

John­son was fined £100 for theft and made to pay £60 costs.

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