Grantham court: CS gas used in arrest struggle after row

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An argument over a phone charger led to a man being CS gassed by police.

Liam Dickson of Beechcroft Road, Grantham, admitted wilfully resisting a constable after being arrested outside a home in Manor Drive, Great Gonerby.

Dickson had gone to the address to get the charger back from his ex-partner but police officers were called when he began shouting and banging on the window.

The 23-year-old was described as “agitated, angry and in drink”.

Dickson was told he must leave the area but refused to go.

After being given one more chance he was told he would be arrested to prevent a further breach.

However, Dickson was reluctant to go quietly.

He told officers: “Come on then, try and arrest me. It’s a good job there’s two of you.”

Dickson tensed up, preventing officers from putting on handcuffs and, in the struggle, one officer “bumped into the wall”.

A neighbour came out to ask Dickson to calm down as he was upsetting her children but Dickson continued to struggle in an attempt to get free.

One officer then took out his incapacitant spray and twice warned Dickson he would use it if he did not stop resisting.

Dickson was then sprayed, allowing officers the chance to get him onto the floor and handcuff him.

Dickson refused to give a comment in his police interview.

In court he was representing himself but only spoke to tell magistrates: “I don’t want to say anything.”

Dickson was fined £110.

He must also pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.