Man tried to punch and bite po­lice of­fi­cer while bring ar­rested

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMAN tried to punch and bite a po­lice of­fi­cer as he was ar­rested for at­tack­ing his part­ner, court heard.

Lee Mark Har­ri­son, 39, left his girl­friend with a blood­ied face, mag­is­trates were told. He then clung on to the sides of the po­lice van re­fus­ing to go in as of­fi­cers ar­rested him.

Of­fi­cers were called to a house in Poyn­ton by a con­cerned friend and found the vic­tim stood in the win­dow dis­tressed and cry­ing for help.

She had blood com­ing from her nose and lips and swelling to her face, pros­e­cu­tors told the hear­ing at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court heard.

Pros­e­cut­ing Deb­bie Byrne said: “Po­lice got a 999 call from a friend of the vic­tim and when they got there she was at the win­dow dis­tressed and cry­ing for help.

“The of­fi­cers went into the kitchen where there was shat­tered glass. The vic­tim said she had been as­saulted by the de­fen­dant af­ter he forced en­try into the house and dam­aged her phone.

“He was ar­rested but re­fused to go out­side and re­sisted ar­rest. Of­fi­cers used cap­tor spray but the de­fen­dant con­tin­ued to be ag­gres­sive and tried to punch and bite an of­fi­cer. Other of­fi­cers at­tended and took him to the van. He held onto the van doors and re­fused to let go. The of­fi­cers had cuts and scratches.”

Har­ri­son, of Sheldon Road, Higher Poyn­ton, was con­victed of the as­sault which took place on April 9 af­ter a trial ear­lier this year.

He pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal dam­age and re­sist­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers in the ex­e­cu­tion of their duty at an ear­lier hear­ing.

At the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, the court heard he has 18 pre­vi­ous court ap­pear­ances for 67 of­fences.

Ju­lian Far­ley, de­fend­ing, said he had been con­victed with­out any for­mal com­plaint by the vic­tim.

He said: “Her ver­sion of things has not been put to the court.

“He grabbed her by the face and pushed her back, that was the ex­tent of the as­sault and that was what he was found guilty of.

“Their re­la­tion­ship has ended. She has made no ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­strain­ing or­der. She has con­tacted him while he was in the pro­ba­tion of­fice, He wishes to move for­ward.”

Mag­is­trates gave Har­ri­son a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der with 30 day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme.

Chair­man of the bench Stephen Con­quer said: “We are sat­is­fied that this is se­ri­ous enough for a com­mu­nity sen­tence. There are is­sues that re­quire in­ter­ven­tion by pro­ba­tion.”

●● Some of the dam­age caused by a fire in a canal boat at Ker­ridge

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