TWO Northwich men involved in an altercation with police outside a town centre pub have been handed community punishment orders.
Magistrates were told Scott John Loverseed was caught on CCTV throwing two punches at a police officer in the disturbance outside the Witton Chimes pub at around 10.50pm on April 11, 2004.
Peter Buckley, of David Street, admitted pushing a police officer after arriving at the same incident to find his wife had been arrested.
The pair appeared before Vale Royal magistrates on Thursday to be sentenced. Mr Loverseed, of Oldfield Court, had been warned he faced prison before the hearing.
Catherine Whincup, prosecuting, told the court a CCTV operator was monitoring the area outside the Witton Chimes when he saw an incident involving a group of women.
She said that police officers attended the scene where Mr Buckley's wife was being abusive, which led to her arrest. The defendant arrived and ran towards the officers shouting 'get off her'.
Buckley pushed one of the officers in an attempt to get to his wife before being taken to the ground by police and taken to the police station. The officer he pushed was left with a split lip as a result of her injuries.
Mrs Whincup said that while that was going on, Loverseed got involved in another altercation with officers. She said: 'Mr Loverseed was seen to punch officers to the face. In an interview he said he had drunk 14 pints of lager and had no recollection of the incident.'
Derek McDonald, defending Loverseed, said: 'He was out on a family meal, then went out with his girlfriend and had carried on drinking. In interview, his response was, 'what an idiot I am'. He could not believe he had done it.
'The incident was brought about when somebody slapped him. He more than anybody else knows what he has done is wrong.' Paul Abraham, defending Buckley, said: 'He was at home when he received a phone call saying his wife and daughter had been involved in a disturbance.
'He saw the distress in his wife and ran over, he pushed out his hand to separate his wife from the officers. He was then taken to the ground by officers in an arm lock and sprayed with CS gas, a number of times for reasons I cannot understand.' do not cutHe added: 'I do not think anybody here (all those involved in the situation) has covered themselves in glory.'
Buckley was sentenced to an 80-hour community punishment order and ordered to pay compensation of £100 to the officer involved and £80 in costs. Loverseed was given a 180-hour community punishment order and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the officer involved. He was asked to pay £80 costs.
Convict to lodge police complaint
AFTER Thursday's hearing, Peter Buckley slammed the time it had taken for his case to be concluded, and said he was going to make a formal complaint over his treatment.
He said: 'This case has taken 12 months to come to its conclusion. It has been brought before magistrates on at least nine different occasions which seems an extravagant waste of money.
'This case could have been dealt with a lot quicker and at less expense.
'After receiving legal advice, I am going to pursue a formal complaint against the Cheshire Constabulary for injuries received, while under arrest, which resulted in hospital treatment and which have left permanent scars both physically and psychologically.
'Another complaint to be addressed will be against the police's improper use of CS gas against me outside of Home Office guidelines.'