Officer injured arresting lout

A LOUT who refused to go quietly when police tried to arrest him struggled so fiercely that one officer ended up with a dislocated thumb.Police were called to an address in Queen's Way, Ipswich, where they found John Bird, 23, behaving in a threatening manner.

A LOUT who refused to go quietly when police tried to arrest him struggled so fiercely that one officer ended up with a dislocated thumb.

Police were called to an address in Queen's Way, Ipswich, where they found John Bird, 23, behaving in a threatening manner.

But when they tried to arrest him he gripped on to a counter and refused to go with them.

When he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich yesterday Bird pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour and a charge of resisting a constable in the execution of his duty.

The court was told that officers were called to Queen's Way on March 8. Bird was seen to be leaning over a counter, shouting and swearing and swinging his arms.

A policeman took him by the arm but Bird shrugged him off.

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The officers threatened to spray him with capsicum spray if he refused to calm down and he replied “go on then, spray me”, Emma Lister, prosecuting, said.

There was a scuffle as he was brought to the ground and one of the officers suffered a dislocated thumb. Meanwhile, Bird, who lives with his partner in Shackleton Road, Ipswich, continued to throw punches at them.

Despite pleading guilty to the offences, Bird told District Judge David Cooper that he had no intention of apologising to the officers.

He said he was defending his mother after a man had made a sexual approach to her.

Judge Cooper said: “The police were only doing their job. They had to intervene because they were asked to.”

Bird was given a three-week jail term, suspended for one year. He was also ordered to stay away from the address in Queen's Way for a year and told to pay £60 toward court costs.

“I don't accept you should have treated the officers this way,” Judge Cooper said.