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South Lynn man kicked out at police after going to break up fight, court told


By Lynn News Reporter


A drunk South Lynn man who went to break up an early hours fight ended up himself being sprayed by police and arrested.

David Mark Howard “lashed out” at a police officer with one of his legs, magistrates in Lynn heard on Monday.

The incident happened in Norfolk Street near the junction with Paradise Alley at about 1.25am on April 27, prosecutor Jane Walker said.

“The defendant had been swearing at door staff and police. He had to be sprayed with incapacitant spray to get him into the [police] vehicle,” added Miss Walker.

She said Howard kicked out at an officer, adding: “No contact was made but the officer had a belief that he was going to be harmed by the kicking.”

Howard, 38, of Burney Road, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and assault of an emergency worker.

Mitigating, Ruth Johnson said: “He had been trying to break up a fight. He got involved in the melee.

“To show how intoxicated he was he doesn’t even remember being sprayed.”

Howard was fined £300 for the assault and told to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge. There was no separate penalty for the drunk and disorderly offence.


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