‘Claustrophobia made me kick Pc in the face’

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‘CLAUSTROPHOBIA’ caused a woman to kick out at a police officer who was trying to get her out of the King’s Arms pub, in Westgate, Grantham.

Clare Marten, of Hillingford Way, Grantham, admitted assaulting the officer and being drunk and disorderly on November 21.

Police were called to the pub at 12am after reports that Marten, 24, had assaulted a member of door staff. When they arrived Marten was on the floor. Rob Arthur, defending, said: “She had clearly consumed too much alcohol and had been requested to leave the premises.”

The officers approached her to arrest her but she struggled and kicked one of the officers in the face.

Mr Arthur added: “She doesn’t like being held down so she kicked out with the intention to get everybody off her because it makes her feel claustrophobic.”

The shop assistant was argumentative after her arrest but apologised to the court.

District Judge John Stobart said: “It is a waste of police time having to take on drunken people who won’t take no for an answer when they are not allowed in pubs or clubs or are ejected from them. This must not go on, it’s about time you started getting a grip on yourself.”

Marten was fined £95 and told to pay £15 compensation, £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.