Teen may face custody

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy may face custody after pleading guilty to a brutal assault that left a Suffolk policeman barely able to open his eye.Two other officers were also assaulted in the attack, which happened outside the Burger King restaurant, in the Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds.

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy may face custody guilty to a brutal assault that left a Suffolk policeman barely able to open his eye.

Two other officers were also assaulted in the attack, which happened outside the Burger King restaurant, in the Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds.

The youngster, who we have been prevented from naming, committed the offences at around 9.25pm on October 28.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm against Pc Robert Bunton. He also admitted assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest and obstructing another officer.


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Pc Bunton, 41, received cuts and bruises to his face after being punched and head-butted in the frenzied attack.

It was after police were called to a disturbance inside the fast food restaurant that the trouble flared.

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The youngster, who was part of a group, became violent towards Pc Bunton outside the premises.

A struggle ensued in which Pc Bunton ended up on the floor grappling with the defendant, who was landing a series of blows.

Ian Devine, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was totally out of control. He was continually bucking and using his elbows."

Pc Rebecca Parrish, aged in her 20s, then tried to assist her fellow officer but was landed with an elbow in her face.

CS gas was used to calm the defendant down, which worked temporarily, before he "kicked off big time" again.

He began kicking out as he got to his feet, which is when a special constable became involved in the melee.

After trying to break free, the teenager was finally restrained by a combination of the officers and a local bouncer, who sat on him.

The entire incident has been captured on closed circuit television.

The defendant, who lives in a village near Bury St Edmunds, also admitted obstructing a police officer on September 6. Officers had wanted to question him about a separate incident, but he fled when approached.

At Bury St Edmunds Youth Court, chairman of the bench Jim Spencer warned the youth he could be sent to custody.

He adjourned the case until November 26 and released the youngster on conditional bail.

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