Drinker soaks policeman

SOZZLED Trevor Skoulding was barred from an Ipswich pub after he threw the contents of a pint glass over a police officer.Skoulding, of St Clements Church Lane, Ipswich, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates on Wednesday and admitted assaulting the police sergeant on March 13.

SOZZLED Trevor Skoulding was barred from an Ipswich pub after he threw the contents of a pint glass over a police officer.

Skoulding, of St Clements Church Lane, Ipswich, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates on Wednesday and admitted assaulting the police sergeant on March 13.

He was drinking in the Golden Lion pub when the landlady asked police to attend after two men were involved in a bust up, the court heard.

Skoulding, 26, was told to leave but carried on finishing his beer, prosecutor Gareth Davies told magistrates.

After the police took hold of Skoulding's glass he swung the beer glass at the officer, the court heard.

"The initial fear was that the glass was going to be thrown in the officer's face," said Mr Davies. "That wasn't done but the contents were thrown at the police officer."

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The officer wasn't injured but the court heard Skoulding struggled after arrest. He was handcuffed and taken out of the pub.

Naomi Turner, mitigating, said police were called to the pub after Skoulding's friend was assaulted inside the pub.

She said Skoulding, who has no record of violence, had a few pinks to drink and he was concerned about his injured friend.

"He didn't want to go until he had sorted out his friend," she said.

"He accepts he threw the contents of the glass at the officer but doesn't accept swinging the glass at the officer."

Bench chairwoman Sandra Bryant barred Skoulding from the Golden Lion for a year, fined him £100 and ordered him to pay £30 compensation to the police officer.

He was also ordered to pay £55 prosecution costs.

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