Police obstructed during call

POLICE falsely called out to an assault ended up having to make an arrest.Oliver Tunstill, of Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, admitted obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty.

POLICE falsely called out to an assault ended up having to make an arrest.

Oliver Tunstill, of Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, admitted obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty.

Officers were called out to a 999 call from a woman claiming she was assaulted by her partner, prosecutor Lesla Small told South East Suffolk Magistrates.

The woman had been drinking and said she was assaulted by Tunstill. Tunstill returned to the property and officers went to speak to him.

Tunstill, 22, started being aggressive and eventually when the officer got hold of his arm he began to struggle. He was asked to calm down but continued to struggle.

Police had to strike him on the knee twice before he was handcuffed.

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"It turned out it was a false allegation," said Ms Small, of the woman's original call.

"There was an argument and she phoned police and police visited the property."

Neil Saunders, mitigating, said: "Police were called and have a duty to investigate matter. The lady was and still is his partner."

The pair had been out on a stag night.

"The police turned up and it was an emotionally charged atmosphere," said Mr Saunders.

Bench chairman Martin Smith fined Tunstill £160 and ordered him to pay £55 costs.

He told him: "Police are entitled to do their duty."

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