Grantham court: Three officers needed to hold down offender

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Police officers had to hold a drunken offender down on the ground as he threatened other people in Westgate on a night out.

Aiden Jones, of Bluegate, Grantham, admitted using threatening or abusive words and behaviour in Grantham on January 9.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said it was 4am when officers in Westgate saw Jones being aggressive towards another man after people had left the Pulse nightclub. Jones had his arms raised and was beckoning the other man.

Mr Clare said other people were trying to calm him down. The other man was trying to walk away but Jones advanced towards him, arms raised and fists clenched. Jones lunged forward and threw some punches, one of them connecting with the man’s head.

Three police officers intervened and held him. He pushed against them and they pulled him to the floor. One officer struck him to the left of his body and make him comply with them.

Mr Clare said Jones had been drinking before going into town and had visited four pubs in Market Place.

He could not remember the incident.

Simon Cobb, defending, said: “He is at pains to point out what happened is seriously out of character for him. He is very sorry for what is his first, and he hopes only, conviction.”

Mr Cobb said Jones was not somebody who went out regularly or drank to excess. Jones could not remember why the incident happened or remember the incident itself but had to accept it happened as it was caught on CCTV.

Magistrates fined Jones £135 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.