A man pleaded guilty to assault after flicking three baked beans at a detention officer.
Anthony Raynor, 35, was arrested and put in a cell at Blackpool Police station after shouting abuse at police officers in the street.
But after asking staff for a glass of water, he grew impatient and threw three baked beans from his breakfast through his cell hatch at a detention officer, claiming they were taking too long. He later said he believed thirty minutes had elapsed since he made the request for some water. CCTV showed it was three minutes.
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The South Shore, Blackpool, man pleaded guilty to assaulting the detention officer as well as being drunk and disorderly.
‘He flicked three baked beans from his breakfast through the hatch and they landed on the officer’s shirt,’ said Howard Green, defending.
‘This was not a serious act of violence, but one of stupidity.’
Raynor was fined £75 and ordered to pay a £20 victims’ surcharge. Raynor could not pay immediately, however, so magistrates sentenced him to remain in the confines of the court until lunchtime rather than make him pay the penalty.
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