Arrested man breaks handcuffs

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OFFICERS were left with a pair of broken handcuffs when a man became violent in the back of a police van.

Phillip Malone (35) was said to have been “bashing” the handcuffs in a hammering motion after being arrested for possessing a cannabis joint on December 22.

Malone, who gave his address as care of Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug and criminal damage when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

He was fined £40 and ordered to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Malone had also repeatedly banged his head and threatened to damage the van and kill himself during the incident, which happened when officers visited a property in Deeping St James.

Malone said he hadn’t seen his children for a month over the incident. He said he “went quite happily” until a further arrest was made.

He added: “I will take any punishment that’s going to be given.”