Man tasered after striking two officers

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A WIGAN man had to be tasered after lashing out at two police officers following a domestic disturbance.

Paul Rodgers admitted assaulting both PC Powell and PC Crowder in a flashpoint on October 19.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how Rodgers, 36, refused to leave the scene when officers arrived before becoming aggressive.

When police backup arrived, he was placed in handcuffs but continued to be verbally abusive.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, told how he then had to be stopped from throwing himself down a set of stairs before hurling himself to the floor.

As he got back to his feet he struck PC Crowder to the chin with the handcuffs. More officers then arrived to assist, but Rodgers then kicked out - catching PC Powell in the face.

He was subsequently tasered to subdue his aggression.

Andrew Stock, defending, said his client’s behaviour had been affected by a tragic loss in the family.

Magistrates handed Rodgers, of Scholefield Lane, Scholes, a six-month community order and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to both officers, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.