‘Peace­maker’ fined £170 af­ter he swore at police

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AWOULD-BE peace­maker turned ag­gres­sor af­ter his at­tempt to re­solve a fight went wrong, a court heard.

Grant Ken­ner­ley re­ceived a call for help from a friend who was in­volved in a row at a party and he went to try to dif­fuse things, mag­is­trates were told.

But the 24-year-old be­came sucked into the ar­gu­ment as the police ar­rived and ‘lost it’, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Ken­ner­ley, who works as a cleaner at As­traZeneca and Mac­cles­field Town FC, swore re­peat­edly at of­fi­cers and was ar­rested, the court heard.

Then dur­ing a strug­gle to get him into the police car he kicked at the door caus­ing dam­age to an­other ve­hi­cle, magis- trates were told.

At Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates court on March 29, Ken­ner­ley, of Water­side Mill, Knight Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted two charges of crim­i­nal dam­age and us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive words or be­hav­iour likely to cause ha­rass­ment, alarm or dis­tress.

Deb­bie Byrne, prose­cut­ing, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened on Crown Street West in Mac­cles­field on March 7.

She said: “At 3.30am PC Petty and PC Roberts re­sponded to a call of a dis­tur­bance at a prop­erty.

“When they ar­rived they found a group of peo­ple out­side the ad­dress who all ap­peared to be un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

“The de­fen­dant was seen by of­fi­cers to be shout­ing and swear­ing. He was be­ing asked to leave the ad­dress by a fe­male. He re­fused.

“He was tens­ing up and down as if he was not in con­trol of his ac­tions.

“He even­tu­ally came out of the prop­erty and was with a fe­male who was try­ing to calm him down.

“He swore at police over and over again in a loud and ag­gres­sive voice.

“He was drunk, but police also sus­pected he may have been un­der the in­flu­ence of an­other sub­stance.

“He was ar­rested but was very dif­fi­cult to con­trol be­cause he was lash­ing out and mak­ing threats.

“As of­fi­cers tried to get him into the police car he lay on his back and with full force kicked at the door caus­ing it to slam against a Toy­ota Yaris.

“When in­ter­viewed he said he had been called by a friend to the prop­erty to act as a peace­maker, but then started ar­gu­ing. He said when the police ar­rived he lost it.”

John Gal­lagher, de­fend­ing Ken­ner­ley, said: “Ev­ery­one had con­sumed too much al­co­hol. His at­tempt to bro­ker peace had not been well re­ceived.”

Mag­is­trates find Ken­ner­ley £170.

●● Grant Ken­ner­ley

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