Man injured during street arrest

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TWO prison officer neighbours restrained a man and a police officer hit him with a baton after warning him over his conduct.

Jason Britchford admitted using threatening words or behaviour outside his home on November 3 when he appeared before Spalding magistrates.

He said he was upset because his car had been damaged and neighbours allowed their children to play in the parking area when they shouldn’t.

Britchford (39), of Delaine Close, Bourne, told the court: “My vehicle has been damaged five times since I have lived on that estate.”

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, read statements from two prison officers who restrained Britchford when he had been shouting in the street – and described how a police officer warned Britchford before striking him with a baton on the leg.

Miss Ritson said the officer considered using CS spray but she did not want to risk incapacitating the second prison officer.

Britchford said he was taken to Grantham Police Station, then allowed to go to hospital at about 1am before being released back to the police station at about 5am.

He said he was recovering from a knee operation at the time and his knee was struck.

Britchford said he was not working because his “hand got broken”. Magistrates conditionally discharged him for six months.