Man admits police assault

A MAN from Ipswich who had to be restrained with leg straps while being arrested was given a 16-week suspended sentence today.Steven Michael Rivers, 37, of Hogarth Road, Ipswich, admitted assaulting a police officer and resisting a constable when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

A MAN from Ipswich who had to be restrained with leg straps while being arrested was given a 16-week suspended sentence today.

Steven Michael Rivers, 37, of Hogarth Road, Ipswich, admitted assaulting a police officer and resisting a constable when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

The court heard Rivers, who has a string of previous convictions for violent offences, kicked police officers and shouted and swore at them when they arrived at his house in Hogarth Road, Ipswich, on Thursday, August 30.

Police were attempting to arrest Rivers for a previous offence of making a nuisance of himself in a public place.

Rivers eventually had to be restrained with leg straps before being taken into custody.

Magistrates were told that Rivers, who suffers from depression and has a drug problem, spent three weeks in a residential rehabilitation programme before the incident.

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Ian Duckworth, mitigating, told the court Rivers attends narcotics anonymous every day in an attempt to deal with his drug addiction.

He said: “He clearly was in a heck of a state at the time and he does seem to be getting back on track.”

Rivers, who lives with his wife and 15-month-old daughter, was given a 16-week suspended sentence and was given a curfew from 10pm until 6am.

He will also be electronically tagged.

District Judge Cooper said: “I should send you straight to prison; you've been such a bother to us over the years.”

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