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Cyclist assaulted off-duty officer

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A cyclist who collided with an off-duty police inspector and then assaulted him has been given a conditional discharge.

Tom Bush, 22, of Main Street, North Muskham, admitted at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to assaulting Inspector Anton Menzies and Mr Terry Mulligan.

Inspector Menzies, of British Transport Police, had just clocked off and was waiting to cross the level crossing at Newark Castle station when the incident occurred, prosecutor Mr David Miles told the court.

Bush cycled along the pavement, collided with Inspector Menzies and came off his bike.

Bush, who has agoraphobia, was in a state of panic, according to a psychiatric report presented to the court, Mr Miles said.

When Bush rose to his feet he was shouting and swearing and his fists were clenched.

Inspector Menzies attempted to restrain him and the cyclist connected with his chin, causing minimal pain and discomfort, Mr Miles told the court.

Bush tried to cycle away and Inspector Menzies grabbed his arm, told him he was an off-duty police officer and that he was arresting him.

Bush swore at Inspector Menzies, told him that he could not breathe and to get off.

Bush bit passer-by Mr Terry Mulligan, who was trying to help, on the arm and hand area.

Bush admitted at a previous hearing to an unrelated charge of possession of cannabis.

'All he wants to do is get away from these people'

Mr Ian Carter, defending, said Bush suffered from agoraphobia, meaning he was fearful of being in a situation from which escape might be difficult.

He said Bush had received some bad personal news and when the crossing barriers rose he was staring down at the pavement and was solely focused on getting home.

Bush would have felt like he was being imprisoned when he was being held down, Mr Carter said.

“All he wants to do is get away from these people,” he said.

“He is almost acting in self-defence. He is getting a warped sense of what is going on.

“If they had let him stand up and given him his bike back he would have got on his bike and cycled off.”

Presiding magistrate Mr Paul Roberts gave Bush a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £470 in compensation.

There was no separate penalty on the cannabis charge.


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