Alford man obstructed police officer after friends threw fast food at paramedics

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An Alford man was one of three who have appeared in court after food was thrown at paramedics tending to an assault victim at a takeaway, and a policeman was pushed while trying to arrest one of the offenders.

Alex James Beeby, 22, of Washdyke Lane, Alford admitted obstructing a police officer acting in the execution of his duty. A charge of assaulting the officer was withdrawn.

Thomas Mark Read, 22, of Ancaster Avenue, Spilsby, and Dean Leslie Watson, 21, of Roman Bank, Skegness, admitted being drunk and disorderly at the incident on Grand Parade, Skegness.

The three men appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on October 6.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police and paramedics went to a suspected assault at McDonalds on Grand Parade, Skegness, at 4.30am on September 6.

She said that while they were attending to the victim, food was thrown at them and, although those responsible were warned they would be arrested if they didn’t stop, they carried on and were finally arrested.

Watson told the court that although he didn’t throw any food, he was drunk and had been swearing.

Read said that it was him who had thrown the food and told the magistrates that he had only met Watson that night.

Ms Stace said that Beeby physically intervened when the two men were being arrested and he pushed one of the officers causing him to stumble and release his prisoner.

Mitigating for Beeby, Beris Brickles said the loss of his good character was a sentence in itself.

“He wasn’t involved in the original incident but his friend was arrested,” said Mr Brickles.

“He stood on the sidelines and when he saw an officer’s knee go into his friend’s back, he went up and caused the officer to stumble,” he added.

Watson and Read were each fined £150 and ordered to pay £255 in costs and charges.

Beeby was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in costs and charges.