Fight led to attack on officer in street

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A MAN described as one of the ringleaders in starting a mass brawl in the street went berserk after a police officer tried to restrain him.

Damian Nicholson punched the police officer in the face after his cousin’s house party got out of control.

Nicholson, a 20-year-old plasterer, of Orchard Road, South Shore, admitted assault and being drunk and disorderly.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police received reports there was a house party at an address in Ellesmere Road, Marton, at about 10pm on February 25 and men were fighting in the street outside.

The prosecutor added: “There was a mass brawl and the defendant was identified as starting the brawl.

“The defendant and a police officer fell to the ground in a violent struggle.

“Another man then ran up and stamped on the defendant’s back, causing him to go berserk.”

Nicholson then punched the officer in the mouth.

He had to be pepper-sprayed before several officers could restrain him.

Peter Manning, defending, said Nicholson had assumed the person who stamped on his back was a police officer.

The officer he hit did not suffer a significant injury. Nicholson accepted it would not have happened if he had been sober.