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Man spat blood in police officer’s face

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man spat blood in a police officer’s face after a fracas at a flat.

Jonathan Kirkby, 43, of Laycock Gate, Layton, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault on police and one offence of damaging a cell.

Kirkby was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

Philippa Jones, prosecuting, said Kirkby refused to leave another man’s flat on Laycock Gate on January 18 at 5.45pm.

Police were called and he tried to headbutt a special constable, the court heard.

He was so aggressive he had to be taken to the floor, where another officer was forced to kneel on his legs to stop him kicking out.

At the police station an officer was trying to help Kirkby by wiping blood off his face, but the defendant spat in his face.

The blood and spittle hit the officer’s eyelid and lips.

The officer had to go to hospital for tests.

Kirkby then damaged his cell, the court was told.

Robert Castle, defending, told magistrates Kirkby had mixed medication for depression with alcohol and remembered nothing of what happened.

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