Police ‘administered distraction slap to face’

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A children’s sports coach caused a fracas outside a bar and ended up under arrest.

Brian Moody then lay on his back in a police van and kicked a police constable in the torso as he tried to close the door.

Moody, a 38-year-old father-of-three, of Bentley Green, Thornton, pleaded guilty to assault on police and being drunk and 

He was sentenced to a four weeks’ tagged curfew from 9pm to 7am and 
ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge David Scanlon sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Moody tried to interfere as police arrested his son outside the Über Bar, Poulton, on June 1.

Moody showed signs of wanting to fight with police, so one officer administered a distraction slap to his face and he was arrested.

After being put in a police van, Moody kicked an officer in the torso, catching his stab vest.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client did not go out often, but on the night he went to watch a boxing bout and drank too much.

He was upset because his son was pushed to the ground and eventually needed to be taken to hospital.

Moody did voluntary work coaching youngsters in boxing and football and he was due to take part in a boxing match for charity.