Langho man lashed out at police officer

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A LANGHO man who was given a lift home by police after a row in the street with a female friend instead earned himself a ride to the cells.

Blackburn magistrates heard that as an officer opened the van to let 20-year-old Simon Mark Bury out at his home address he lunged at the policeman and got hold of him round the throat.

And in the struggle that followed a knife fell out of Bury’s clothes.

Bury, of Rogersfield, Langho, admitted assaulting a police officer and possessing a bladed article. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Mrs Philippa White (prosecuting) said after putting Bury in the back of a van the officer drove to his home with the intention of letting him go without any further action.

During the struggle the officer was kicked and punched. Mrs White said the knife fell from the defendant’s clothes but was never held by him.

“He was eventually restrained, put back in the van and taken to the police station,” said Mrs White.

Mr Peter King (defending) said Bury had reacted badly to being put in the back of the van.

“The irony is the officer was simply returning him home,” said Mr King.