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Drunk man spat in police officer's face

Worcester Editorial 20th May, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A DRUNK man spat in the face of a police officer while being put in a restraint belt, a court has heard.

Robert Leeds, of Warndon Villages, committed the offence on Friday, April 18, after being arrested in the city centre for being drunk and disorderly.

Officers were called over by door staff at Velvet Lounge in Angel Place as the 22-year-old was intoxicated and being aggressive, Worcester Magistrates Court was told last Friday (May 16).

The defendant was not willing to speak to officers and swore at them when they tried to issue him a section 27 order, which would remove him from that part of the city.

Leeds continued to struggle with police and shouted obscenities before he was arrested and taken back to the station.

The court also heard how the defendant was placed in a restraint belt and told to calm down on numerous occasions, but refused to do so and spat in PC Burbidge’s face.

Leeds, who went to prison last year for assault, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty and was given a 12-month community order with supervision and a reduction in violence requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £75 compensation for the assault, £25 compensation for being drunk and disorderly, £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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