Lynn band member in court for assaulting police sergeant

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910144054
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910144054
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A member of an upcoming Lynn band which featured on BBC Radio One appeared in court yesterday charged with assaulting a police officer.

Ten days after The Extons’ track Grown Ups was featured on Huw Stephens’ show as part of BBC Music Introducing, band member William Barnes admitted the offence at Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

The 23-year-old, of Gaskell Way, Reffley Estate, Gaywood, pushed Temporary Sergeant Simon Jones in Norfolk Street, Lynn, in the early hours of November 11 after a night out drinking with friends.

Delia Matthews, prosecuting, told the court Barnes was “very drunk”.

She said: “The police officer noticed the defendant staggering and walking in the middle of the road.

“He put his arms out to stop him, and out of character, he took an aggressive reaction and shoved the officer in the chest.”

In mitigation, James MacWhirter said Barnes was an “utterly respectable and responsible” person who rarely drank alcohol.

“On this occasion he’d had too much to drink,” he added. “He wasn’t used to it and it had an adverse affect on him.”

Barnes, who has played many charitable gigs with The Extons, was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay court fees totalling £250.