Man fined for assault on police

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A ST Helens man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after he was repeatedly abusive towards police officers.

Steven Harden pleaded guilty to the charge before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last week - despite claiming to have limited recollection of the incident.

Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, told how police were called to reports of a disturbance at Harden’s address, on Whittle Avenue, Haydock, at about 10.30pm on August 13.

When they arrived they saw the defendant, 39, staggering along the road with blood on his face and a ripped t-shirt.

The officers were forced to repeatedly ask Harden to stop shouting and swearing at them but, when he refused, he was arrested.

David Lloyd, defending, admitted that his client’s recollection of the incident “isn’t great” but argued that Harden’s behaviour was “disorderly not threatening”.

He also asked Magistrates to give his client full credit for his early guilty plea.

Justices extended Harden’s existing suspended sentence by two months - from 12 months to 14 months - and fined him £50.

They also ordered Harden to pay £85 towards court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.