Man in custody damaged a vest

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN grabbed at an officer’s protective vest and damaged it while he was being detained by police.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard how jobless Benjamin Rowe, of Keswick Road, Poulton, had pleaded guilty to causing £54 worth of damage to property which belonged to Lancashire Police.

Angus Craigen, prosecuting, said the 22-year-old damaged the piece of equipment as an officer detained him in the early hours of January 22.

Rowe was given a caution on the condition he paid £54 compensation, but he did not pay up so the case had come to court.

When he appeared in the dock, Rowe told the court: “He (the officer) grabbed me from behind and I did not at first realise who he was.

“I had been drinking.”

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £54 compensation plus £85 costs by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at the resort magistrates’ court.

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