Man tells police 'I’ll bite your noses off' as they tried to stop him jumping off bridge

A man - despondent after a row with his girlfriend - told police ‘I’ll bite your noses off’ as they tried to stop him jumping off a bridge onto the A38.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:28 am

During chaotic scenes above the dual carriageway’s junction with Alfreton, Keaton Harris told police ‘f***-off, stay back, I’m going to f****** jump’.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard how as two police officers inched towards the emotional 24-year-old he threatened to ‘bite your noses off’, ‘knock them out’ and “throw them off the bridge’.

Harris even spat at the two constables during the March 6 incident to ‘prevent them interfering with his attempt to take his own life’, said prosecutor Jill Costello.

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During chaotic scenes above the dual carriageway’s junction with the town Keaton Harris told police “f***-off, stay back, I’m going to f****** jump”
During chaotic scenes above the dual carriageway’s junction with the town Keaton Harris told police “f***-off, stay back, I’m going to f****** jump”

He eventually climbed back over the railings back onto the bridge after his brother showed up - talking him down.

When he told the two officers ‘you two f***-off and I’ll come off the bridge’ they backed away off the structure - allowing him to climb back over the rails.

However, moments later he tried to run back onto the bridge for a second attempt at ending it all - forcing officers to restrain him.

During the scuffle the two PCs had to dodge as Harris spat at them - however the prosecutor added: “He didn’t believe it would make contact - he said he didn’t want them to stop him killing himself.”

Harris’ solicitor Karl Meakin told magistrates: “He didn’t intend to make contact with officers with the spit.

“In the current climate that’s a very important distinction.”

Harris, of Outseats Drive, Alfreton, admitted two counts of assault and threatening behaviour. Magistrates bailed him for a pre-sentence report.

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