Drunk man guilty of two assaults

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A POLICE officer hit her head on concrete after she was assaulted by a drunk man in Weston’s High Street.

Bradley Young, aged 21, pleaded guilty to assault by beating, an assault on a police constable, racially or religiously aggravated harassment and possession of cocaine.

North Somerset Courthouse heard how on January 24, he was captured on CCTV sweeping girlfriend Nadia Conway’s legs out from under her at the junction of High Street.

Young, of South Road in Weston, then pinned her against a window. Police were diverted to the scene by CCTV teams.

On arrival, officers found the victim crying, and when police tried to arrest Young, he subjected Ms Conway to racial abuse.

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He was described by police as being intoxicated and slurring his words.

Ms Conway told police she had argued with Young, but that no assault had taken place.

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However, after officers checked with the CCTV operators, Young was arrested on suspicion of assault and a bag containing white power, later revealed to be cocaine, was found.

Prosecutor Kevin Blackmore said Young became aggressive and began swinging his elbows as he was being handcuffed and tried to run away.

Mr Blackmore said: “He lashed out, violently striking and knocking PC Chamberlain backwards, causing her to hit her head on the concrete floor.

“Ms Conway was the victim of a domestic incident, but she did not wish to pursue a complaint.”

Defending, Paul Ricketts said it was an unpleasant incident, but that Young had expressed a great deal of remorse and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Young was given a community order to work 180 hours, but this was reduced to 120 because of his guilty plea.

He was ordered to pay £85 in costs, a £60 victim surcharge and £100 in compensation.

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