Man barricaded himself in room

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A flooring contractor barricaded himself in his bedroom and told police officers he would throw them out of the window.

Colin Diggle had rung police saying his girlfriend was chasing him with a knife and he put his bed against the door.

Diggle, 47, of Fairview Avenue, St Annes, admitted breach of the peace and was bound over in the sum of £200 for 12 months by Blackpool magistrates.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said Diggle phoned police and said his girlfriend was chasing him with a knife on July 6 about 11pm. A police officer went the house and Diggle’s girlfriend answered the door telling him everything was fine and Diggle was upstairs asleep in bed. The officer said he must check and went to the bedroom. Diggle started swearing at him, asking him if he had a warrant. Because Diggle had barricaded himself inside the policeman asked for reinforcements and two other officers arrived.

They managed to get into the bedroom and Diggle threatened to throw them out of the window.

Diggle told magistrates: “I told them there was nothing wrong and I didn’t want them there. As far as I was concerned the police were being over-zealous. I was completely out of order and my actions were unforgivable.”

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