Threatened to attack police with vodka bottle

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A man with a drink and drug problem threatened women police and community support officers that he was going to smash a bottle of vodka over their heads.

PC Rachael Forster and PCSO Sally Pusey had a young child in the car at the time they saw Brandon Campbell with a group of others at Trinity Bridge in Crowland, Spalding magistrates heard.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said PCSO Pusey spoke to Campbell and he shouted and swore at her. Two females in the group attempted to move him on, but he continued shouting and swearing.

Mr Clare said there were schoolchildren within hearing distance on October 19.

In a statement, one officer said: “He informed us that if we got out of the police vehicle he would punch us.”

Campbell continued making threats, including one that he was going to smash a vodka bottle over their heads.

Mr Clare said: “He was pulled back by his friends and other officers were called to the scene and he was eventually arrested. He was somewhat resistant to the officers’ attempts to arrest him.”

Campbell (20), of Thorney Road, Crowland, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause persons to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them or was likely to be provoked.

He was sentenced to a year’s supervision by probation with a six-month alcohol treatment requirement. Campbell must also pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 towards prosecution costs.

Solicitor Daven Naghen, mitigating, said it was not the worst public order offence of its type as the officers were in the car and simply wound the window up.

He said there was nothing more than the threat of violence and Campbell walking towards the car.

Mr Naghen said Campbell could not remember the incident owing to the level of his intoxication.

He also accepted he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

Mr Naghen said: “He has an addiction to MCAT and has taken Ecstasy in the past. He wasn’t a drug user before going to prison and his life is steadily spiralling down hill.”

The court heard Campbell had a previous conviction for affray.