Officer’s son arrested in match incident

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A policeman’s son told 
officers who arrested him 
after he called them obscene names: “My dad’s a cop, he’ll sort this out.”

Daniel Aspden was apprehended after being involved in a fracas in the queue to get into a football match between Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers at the Seasiders Bloomfield Road stadium.

Aspden, 20, of Aster Close, Darwen, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the incident happened on August 16.

Police monitoring the queue to get into Blackpool’s ground saw a scuffle break out.

A man spoke to Aspden and the defendant swore at him. Officers went up and asked Aspden to move away from the queue and he replied with a tirade of obscene abuse, before making the 
remark his dad was a police officer.

When asked by the court’s legal advisor whether his father was a police officer and whether he knew his son was in court, Aspden replied his father was a policeman and he did not know about his court appearance.

Aspden told magistrates there had been a scuffle in front of him in the queue involving someone he knew.

He said he tried to break it up and then reached over a barrier to speak to a friend.

He added: “An officer then came up and said I was drunk. He ripped up my ticket. Under my breath I said it was a joke. As I moved away I muttered under my breath again and was arrested.”