Four appear in Swindon Magistrates Court after scuffle with officers

THREE young men and a juvenile have appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court following disorder in Ashton Keynes in April. A police officer and a police community support officer were trying to arrest a man for allegedly being drunk and disorderly when a scuffle broke out between the officers and the suspect in which the officers were slightly injured.

The police officer deployed a Taser and arrested 22-year-old Scott Curtis. The other males surrounded the officers and obscenities were shouted.

The officers needed first aid but no further medical treatment.

Curtis, 22, of Milling Close, Ashton Keynes, pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and to assaulting the two officers.

He was given an 18-month community order with supervision and must report to an attendance centre for 21 hours. Under a four-month curfew he will also have to stay at an address directed by the court between 8pm and 6am each day and be electronically monitored.

He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to each officer.

Luke Liston, 23, also of Milling Close, pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £150.

A 16-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was referred to a youth offender panel for three months and ordered to pay costs of £100.

Richard Attwood, 20, of Eastfield, Ashton Keynes, was found not guilty of an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.


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