Youth banned from park

A 20-year-old who was rugby tackled by a member of the public who stepped in to help a policeman has been banned from an Ipswich park.Luke Talman, of Beatrice Close, Ipswich, was apprehended by the passerby after he was seen attempting to punch the policeman.

A 20-year-old who was rugby tackled by a member of the public who stepped in to help a policeman has been banned from an Ipswich park.

Luke Talman, of Beatrice Close, Ipswich, was apprehended by the passerby after he was seen attempting to punch the policeman.

During a hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, the court heard officers had been called to Cherry Tree Park at about midnight on July 28 following reports of anti social behaviour from a group of youths who were hanging around.

When officers went to nearby Rushmere Road they found Talman and he became abusive toward them.

When an officer put his hand on Talman, who had been drinking, he lashed out and tried to punch the officer.

As he left, the have-a-go hero stopped his car and tackled Talman, apprehending him until the officers could intervene.

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Talman pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words toward the officer.

During Wednesday's hearing district judge David Cooper banned Talman from entering Cherry Tree Park for 12 months and made him subject to a 12-month community order. He was also ordered to pay £50 costs.

In recognition of the good deed from the passerby, Suffolk Police wrote to the motorist after the incident and thanked them for their efforts in apprehending Talman.

n. Were you the have-a-go hero who tackled Talman? Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email Starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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