Man with chisel swore at po­lice

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ADRUNK man ver­bally abused po­lice of­fi­cers while hold­ing a chisel and needed to be in­ca­pac­i­tated us­ing PAVA spray and a ba­ton, a court heard.

Of­fi­cers were called to Si­mon Dows­ing’s home on Devon Cres­cent in Haslingden to re­ports of a ‘pos­si­ble do­mes­tic in­ci­dent’ and ‘ con­cerns for a fe­male’ at the prop­erty.

Prose­cu­tor Andrew Robin­son told Burnley Mag­is­trates Court that as soon as the po­lice car pulled up out­side Dows­ing came down the drive­way hold­ing a chisel in his hand.

He then put both his hands on the po­lice car driver’s door and ‘started rock­ing the ●● The court heard po­lice had to use PAVA spray to in­ca­pac­i­tate Si­mon Dows­ing ve­hi­cle and swear­ing’ be­fore run­ning back to the house.

An of­fi­cer chased af­ter him and tried to get in­side, how­ever Dows­ing was try­ing to close the front door be­hind him. Mr Robin­son said the of­fi­cer ‘even­tu­ally fought his way into the premises af­ter a strug­gle’ and had to use his PAVA spray through the door.

The court heard that Dows­ing con­tin­ued mak­ing threats and start­ing walk­ing to­wards the kitchen.

Mr Robin­son said the of­fi­cer was ‘con­cerned he was go­ing for other im­ple­ments’ and that the PAVA spray had ‘not had the full ef­fect’.

He then struck Dows­ing with his ba­ton and ‘put his full weight on him’ un­til other of­fi­cers ar­rived.

The court heard that Dows­ing con­tin­ued swear­ing and mak­ing threats but the of­fi­cer wasn’t in­jured.

No fe­male was found at the prop­erty.

Dows­ing, 42, pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing a bladed ar­ti­cle in a pub­lic place and resisting a po­lice of­fi­cer in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty.

He was given a six­month com­mu­nity or­der with an al­co­hol treat- ment re­quire­ment, fined £50 and or­dered to pay £ 85 costs and an £ 85 vic­tim sur­charge.

Janet Sime, de­fend­ing, said Dows­ing is ‘sorry he be­haved in the man­ner that he did’ and he ‘pan­icked’ af­ter the PAVA spray was used.

She told the court that he is a hard- working man and needs to ad­dress his ‘de­vel­op­ing al­co­hol prob­lem’.

She said: “He had been drink­ing on the night. The fe­male was not in the house.

“She had left one hour ear­lier.

“He is a joiner and was do­ing work in the house. He was putting his tools back in his car and he had the chisel in his hand.

“He didn’t wave it about and did not use it to threaten.

“He com­pletely for­got he had it in his hand.” ●● The of­fence took place at the Asda store in Rawten­stall

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