Man punished for pushing policeman

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A man must pay £50 compensation to a police officer after trying to shake hands at the end of a scuffle in an Ilkeston garden.

“That was a good scrap,” said Richard Bowler after he was overpowered behind his home on Lower Granby Street, a court heard.

“He offered to shake his hand but the officer didn’t want to,” said Peter Bettany, prosecuting at the magistrates’ court in Derby.

One year on probation and alcohol treatment was ordered for Bowler, 37, who admitted a breach of public order on September 18.

District Judge Caroline Goulborn told him: “Alcohol has been a factor in your life and I accept you have taken steps since this time to put matters right.

“The officer had a job to do and you behaved in this way. It was totally out of order. I am sure you accept that.”

Bowler replied: “I do.”

The court heard that he shouted and swore at the officer and damaged his fence. The officer used CS spray after being pushed.

Kate Fairburn, mitigating, said: “At the time he was depressed, struggling financially and turned to drink. He has now stopped drinking and has drunk nothing for the last two months.”

As well as the compensation, Bowler was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs.