Teenager in custody hit policeman

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A TEENAGER who hit a police officer on the arm after being arrested must pay £100 compensation.

Luke Bourne (18), of Mill Green Road in Pinchbeck, was also given a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £85 court costs when he appeared before Spalding magistrates on Thursday.

Prosecutor Jill Darby told how PCs Forrester and Hull attended an incident in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, on May 21, where there were five or six men and women “running around” in the street.

They went to speak to Bourne, who was further up the road. He tried to push past them to get to the other group.

Mrs Darby said he threatened the group and went towards them with a fist clenched before being put on the floor by officers.

She described him as being “aggressive” while being taken into custody. CCTV cameras recorded him shouting and swearing and PC Hull was said to have put his arm on Bourne’s shoulder before being hit on the arm.

He was charged with disorderly behaviour and assaulting a police officer.

Mitigating, solicitor Anita Toal said Bourne could not recall why he was so aggressive. She said he had drunk more than he normally would and was walking home.

He said he had split up a fight between two other men. Mrs Toal said Bourne did not remember his actions in the police station.

She said he was “bitterly ashamed” of what he had done and had never been before the court.