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Court told of violent night in Norfolk Street, King's Lynn

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Two West Norfolk people have been handed £795 court bills for assaulting police officers after drinking in Lynn.

Although involved in separate incidents, 27-year-old Charlotte Cottam and 23-year-old Cane Harrison were among several defendants to appear at the town’s magistrates’ court on Thursday over drink-related offences in the early hours of Sunday, August 29.

Cottam pushed a police officer who had stepped between her and a man with whom she was arguing at 4.25am in Norfolk Street.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51809805)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51809805)

She was “squaring up to a male” among a group, said prosecutor Collette Harper, who added that the defendant claimed the man was trying to burgle her home.

The push came as the female police officer was trying to find out more about the complaint.

Mrs Harper said Cottam was “highly intoxicated” and continued to shout towards the group after being arrested.

“She kept saying to the officer that she didn’t mean to assault her,” added the prosecutor.

Cottam, of Back Road, Pentney, pleaded guilty to assault by beating of an emergency worker.

Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said it was a reckless act for which she was remorseful.

Meanwhile, Harrison admitted to common assault of an emergency worker and being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

He had been ejected from the Bar One Hundred and got involved in a disturbance.

Police tried to get Harrison to leave the area but he became “agitated” and was one of two men who had to be pepper sprayed.

Harrison, of Higham Green, Fairstead, then swore as he threatened officers: “If I see any of you, you’re going to get it.”

Mrs Harper said: “While he was being searched by officers he spat, with spittle and phlegm landing on [an officer’s] leg.”

Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said her client hadn’t meant to spit at the officer, which had been as a result of the effects of the PAVA spray.

Each defendant was fined £500 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the relevant police officer. They were also told to pay £145 costs and £50 victim surcharge.

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