Man who impersonated police officer given community order

A MAN who pretended to be a police officer during an altercation with a fellow traveller at Weston station has been given a community order.

David Hough was arrested on July 6 after getting into a fight with Omata Douglas over a newspaper, and then, pretending to be a police officer, cautioned him.

At North Somerset Courthouse on January 13, the court heard that the argument had started when Hough picked up a newspaper which belonged to Weston resident Mr Douglas.

When Mr Douglas took the newspaper back, Hough became aggressive and pushed him, before saying: “I am a police officer, and I’m going to arrest you for assault”.

When police officers were called to the scene by a member of the public, Hough was arrested on two counts, one of battery and one of impersonating a police officer.

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He originally entered a plea of not guilty, but changed it to a guilty plea two days before the hearing.

The 24-year-old said that since the incident he had been forced to resign from his job as a train manager for First Great Western Link in August, and had been unemployed since.

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He also said due to his conviction he would be unable to work with children or with sports teams, and had already been forced to give up being a Saturday league football referee.

Magistrate Joy Yeates said that the sentence, which could have carried a maximum sentence of six months in jail, had been affected by Hough’s change of mind in entering a guilty plea.

Hough, currently of Regency Road, Malvern, was given a 12 month community order and 70 hours of unpaid work.

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