Spitting 48-year-old drunk in court over Ipswich police assaults

The Old Cattle Market, Ipswich

The Old Cattle Market, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

A 48-year-old man who spat at two police officers after a drunken altercation with a bouncer in Ipswich town centre has been given a community order.

Mark Wakefield pleaded guilty when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to assaults on a female police officer and a male special constable.

He also admitted to being drunk and disorderly.

All the offences occurred on January 25.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said the incident began in the Cattle Market when door staff of a premises called police.

Wakefield was being aggressive and abusive.

The court heard police found him to be agitated and angry, as well as drunk.

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He was asked for his name a number of times, but continued to swear at police.

Wakefield was arrested, and was kicking out and spitting.

A spithood was put on him, and Pc Laura Parker and a special constable came to the assistance of fellow officers.

Wakefield made threats of violence and sexual comments towards Pc Parker.

He managed to get the spithood off and spat at the male special constable hitting him on the side of the head.

After being taken to Martlesham police investigation centre Wakefield spat at Pc Parker hitting her on the cheek.

The court was told Wakefield, of Hampden Lane, north London, had also been convicted of being drunk and disorderly last month.

Wakefield, representing himself, told magistrates he was remorseful.

He added the offences occurred after he felt he had been assaulted by a door staff member during which he claimed he was pushed to the pavement and suffered headaches as a result.

Magistrates sentenced Wakefield to a 12-month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work, to run alongside an existing community order.

Wakefield must also pay each officer £50 compensation. In addition he was ordered to pay £40 costs, as well as £60 to the victims’ fund.