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Officers faced threats of violence

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: May 23, 2012

POLICE were subjected to violent threats by a man they had arrested in Bude for breaking a window, a court was told.

Joshua Gallagher, 23, who gave an address at Valley Road, Bude, appeared before Bodmin magistrates in custody on May 18 after his arrest in the early hours of the previous day.

He pleaded guilty to causing damage valued at £200 to the window and disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to two officers.

The offences were committed while Gallagher was on bail to Truro Crown Court in connection with a grievous bodily harm allegation which he denies. He is due at the Crown Court on June 20.

Jill Wilson, for the prosecution, said that police were called to a property in Bude in the early hours of May 17 because Gallagher was banging on his girlfriend's door, shouting as she slept inside.

He agreed to go and stay elsewhere and the police left.

However, at about 1am they were called back and arrived to find a double-glazed window had been smashed at the woman's flat and Gallagher was now inside with blood on his hand and a cut to his arm.

Arrested for causing criminal damage, he became verbally aggressive to PCs Flynn and Theobald, shouting, swearing and making threats to kill them. He had to be restrained.

He later calmed down and was taken to Launceston police station where he apologised for his behaviour and said he had had no intention to carry out his threats.

Mrs Wilson said that Gallagher had previous convictions for violent behaviour in a police station and had been jailed in 2009 for assaulting an officer.

Nicola Chandler, for the defence, said that Gallagher had been out with his girlfriend earlier that evening but after she went home he became concerned about her welfare as she suffered with ill health. He went to the flat to make sure she was OK.

Unable to rouse her, he banged on the door and this disturbed a neighbour who called the police.

After initially complying with a police suggestion that he should stay elsewhere, Gallagher returned to the flat as his worries continued and at that point he broke the window to get in.

His behaviour to the police was due to his medication and the alcohol he had consumed. He was deeply apologetic.

After considering a probation officer's pre-sentence report, the magistrates imposed a nine-month community order on Gallagher, with nine months' supervision and ordered him to pay £100 towards compensation for the window.

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