Neighbour dispute led to arrest

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FRUSTRATIONS over an ongoing neighbourly dispute resulted in Pinchbeck man John Pullen resisting police as they tried to arrest him, magistrates have been told.

Pullen (51), of Porthouse Drive, was said to pull away and struggle with officers as they attempted to put handcuffs on him when they visited his home on March 6.

Prosecutor Rebecca Ritson said police had been asked to investigate reports that a microphone used to monitor anti-social behaviour had been damaged.

The struggle resulted in grazing and bruising to PC Matthew Harvey’s forearm, as well as a cut to his finger and a graze to Pullen’s face.

Pullen pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer when he appeared before Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Solicitor Sasha Waxman said the “frustration” Pullen had been feeling over the dispute was vented at the officers when they attended.

She told the court Pullen had been arrested five times in four months but no further action had been taken in each case.

Magistrates gave Pullen a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £75 compensation to PC Harvey. He must also pay £85 costs.