Police pepper sprayed man at noisy party

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man who had to be pepper-sprayed after police reacted to complaints about a noisy party has been ordered by a court to pay more than £1,000 in financial penalties.

Anthony McPartlin wrestled with an officer, repeatedly swore and shouted out “pig”.

I can do what I want in my own home

McPartlin, unemployed, 26, of Fallowfield Road, Ansdell, denied threatening behaviour and resisting arrest but was found guilty of both offences after a trial in his absence.

He admitted failing to answer bail saying he had to look after his eight-year-old child.

He was fined £300 with £250 costs and ordered to pay a £520 court charge 
plus £20 victims surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said police received a complaint about noise at an address on Fallowfield Road on September 13 at 9pm.

McPartlin told an officer: “I can do what I want in my own home.”

When the police constable tried to arrest him he grabbed hold of a wall and said he was not going anywhere.

McParlin became more aggressive and the officer pepper-sprayed him 
and pressed the emergency alert button on his police radio.

The officer managed to wrestle McPartlin to the floor and had to slap the 
side of his face to distract him.

Arrest

Reinforcements then arrived to help arrest the defendant.

Hugh Pond, defending, said his client’s mother was having a birthday party when the police arrived.

McPartlin was told to get on the ground by an officer, but he did not see why he should do so in his own home.

The officer tried to drag him to the ground and McPartlin said the PC had then punched him. McPartlin had made a formal complaint about the officer’s conduct.