Policeman chased drunken Christmas party-goer


A police officer was lucky to escape serious injury when he was pushed by a drunken man who had been on his works Christmas party in Clitheroe town centre.

Blackburn magistrates heard the officer fell backwards, banging his head on the wall and pavement, as he tried to arrest Mark Anthony Walker. But the officer got to his feet and gave chase as Walker ran off, scaling a 7ft. metal fence in his efforts to escape.

Walker (26), of Old Station Court, Clitheroe, admitted being drunk and disorderly, damaging a car wing mirror and assaulting PC Henry Bellshaw with intent to resist arrest. He was made subject to an electronically monitored curfew for six weeks between 7pm and 7am, and ordered to pay £100 in compensation to the owner of the car, £150 to PC Bellshaw and £145 costs.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said police saw Walker, who was clearly drunk, shouting and swearing at a woman. He was very agitated and refused to calm down when officers spoke to him.

“When PC Bellshaw went to handcuff the defendant he pushed him with considerable force, causing him to lose his footing and fall backwards,” said Miss Allan. “The officer was dazed for a second or two and Walker was able to run off.”

Mr Jonathan Taylor (defending) said Walker accepted he had drunk far too much: “He appreciates the police have a hard enough job without having to deal with him behaving in this manner,” said Mr Taylor.