Man admits assault on police officer

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A WIGAN man has been given a community order after he admitted attacking a bobby.

David Kerr, 45, of Warrington Road, Ince, pleaded guilty to 
assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty and displaying drunk and disorderly behaviour when he appeared before justices at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, told the court that on August 18, police received a call from paramedics that Kerr was behaving in an aggressive manner while they were treating his friend, near the canal, in Warrington Road,

He said: “The defendant was holding an open can of strong lager, shouting and swearing.

“Police arrested him for being drunk and disorderly and there was a struggle.

“The police officer felt a sharp pain in his shoulder.”

Bob Topping, defending, said: “Kerr was trying to tell the ambulance crew what had happened to his friend and he became frustrated.

“There is a difference between punching, kicking and struggling and there was no suggestion it was anything other than struggling.

“It was not a lengthy struggle with the police officer and he accepts he was guilty and consumed far too much alcohol.”

Kerr, who has previous convictions, was given a 12-month community order, a four-week curfew and ordered to pay £50 compensation, plus £85 court costs.