Man breached the peace

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A FRACAS in a Grantham street between a man and two police officers in the early hours awoke neighbours, a court heard.

Families were woken by the racket in Queen Street on January 4, as Stephen Joseph argued with the two officers.

Grantham magistrates heard how the officers attended Queen Street and decided to carry out a search on Joseph, of Fulford Close, Grantham. He refused, saying “you’re not searching my back pocket”.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, said: “The officers went to arrest Mr Joseph and he replied ‘get off me’. They continued to struggle until he was taken to the ground.”

Rob Arthur, defending, told the court the officers have not stated their reasons for searching Joseph, 50, adding that his wrist was injured when they took him to the ground.

Joseph, who admitted the charge, was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months, with a £100 fine payable if he breaks the condition.