Drunk Bolsover teen kicked police officer

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A TEENAGER must pay compensation for an assault on a police officer called to a dispute at his Bolsover home.

Liam Castleton returned home drunk on 21st October and started shouting and swearing at his father, Chesterfield magistrates were told last Wednesday

Police were called at 7.30pm and they found Castleton (19) in an agitated state.

He said he was going to fetch his tobacco and was followed upstairs by Pc Peter Evans.

Castleton was told he might be arrested to prevent a breach of the peace and a handcuff was placed on one wrist.

Said Becky Mahon, prosecuting: “He puffed his chest out and said ‘get off me, I’m not going anywhere’.

“A second cuff was applied and the officer tried to walk him downstairs.

“He was threatening to lunge forward in an attempt to throw himself downstairs head first.

“The officer stopped him and, at the bottom of the stairs, he threw himself onto his back, struggled and kicked the officer on the upper cheek.”

A police vehicle fitted with a cage was called in and residents watched as he was escorted outside, shouting abuse at the top of his voice.

“He had to be restrained with leg straps before being placed in the police van,” added Ms Mahon.

Castleton later told police he had drunk 12 pints of lager while out that day and said he sometimes became aggressive in drink.

He told the court: “I was drunk. I’m sorry and it won’t happen again.”

Castleton, of Houldsworth Crescent, Bolsover, admitted assault and threatening behaviour.

He had no previous convictions.

He was ordered to do 60 hours’ unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to Pc Evans, with £85 costs.