Thug used his mother as a human shield

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man threatened to burn police officers’ faces with a red-hot iron if they came into his hotel room at Blackpool.

Ashley Dodd then got hold of his mother and used her as a human shield telling police if they tried to use their stun guns on him they would hit his mum.

He also told officers during the stand-off: “I know you all have stab-proof vests, but I know how to get you – under the armpit.”

Dodd, a 26-year-old CCTV drainage operative, of Jacks Wood Avenue, Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to threatening violent behaviour and assault on police.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports and warned he may be jailed by Blackpool magistrates.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said the manager of the resort’s Best Western Carlton Hotel contacted police over excessive noise coming from one of the rooms Dodd and his family had taken on March 28.

Police heard shouting coming from a room Dodd and his parents were in. Officers tried to enter, but Dodd threatened to burn their faces with an iron and stab them. Reinforcements were called for, but suddenly Dodd gave himself up. As he was getting in a police van he kicked an officer on the right thigh.

Robert Castle,defending, said his client had been suffering from stress and depression and was now seeing a counsellor. There had been a family row at the hotel and Dodd had reacted badly for which he apologised to all concerned.

Mr Castle added: “There was no iron or anything to stab anyone with. He was very intoxicated at the time. He had been restrained and he kicked out because of the pain. The officer had no injury.”