A DRUNKEN teenager kicked an officer in the chest after he was handcuffed and bundled into the cage of a waiting police van over his 'aggressive' New Year antics outside Shakeeys takeaway.

Reece Prosser kicked the officer as he was being put into the back of a police van in Angel Street, Worcester, winding the PC who had only recently recovered from abdominal surgery.

The 18-year-old of Whitmore Road, St John's, Worcester, admitted assaulting an emergency worker and being drunk and disorderly when he appeared before city magistrates on Thursday following the incident on New Year's Day. Prosser had no previous convictions and had never been in trouble before.

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Liz Blacklock, prosecuting, said in the early hours of January 1 this year police 'noticed, outside Shakeeys, that the defendant was on the floor with two other people'.

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COURT: Reece Prosser arrives at court where he said said sorry for what he had done.


Miss Blacklock added: "He had his arms around one of the other male's necks. He's told by police to get off him.

"The defendant responded saying he was his mate and he was told by police officers to leave the area."

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Prosser swore at the officers and returned only to be told again to leave. The defendant responded by telling one of the officers 'she was rude and she was fat' before he ran off, officers pursuing him.

They caught up with him, 'pushing him against a wall to stop him running away'.

"His words were slurred and officers formed the opinion he was drunk. He was then arrested for being drunk and disorderly" said Miss Blacklock.

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As handcuffs were applied Prosser was described as 'resisting' and he started to 'become physically aggressive' as officers were trying to get him in the back of the police van ready for a search.

"He's then described as kicking with his right foot. It was a hard kick that connected with the officer's abdomen. He describes how it knocked the wind out of him and he felt a feeling of sickness come over him" said Miss Blacklock.

A few months before, that officer had suffered a haematoma and Prosser's kick was said to have made that worse. "Things were slightly worse for him as a result of having surgery there" she added.

Prosser was brought to the ground within the cage of the van but also kicked the doors open. Katherine Maynereid, defending, said: "He straight away said to me he's so embarrassed and ashamed to be there (in court)."

Prosser, who was said to work at a 'local restaurant', also told her: "Can I tell the magistrates I'm really sorry?"

The advocate said: "He can remember little of this evening. He has been told by friends what has happened. They were surprised by his behaviour. He's extremely ashamed."

No lasting injury had been caused, she said. Ms Maynereid added: "He has never been before the court. He has never been arrested before. I can safely say this is out of character for this young man."

Charles Townsend, chairman of the bench, told Prosser: "Any assault on a police officer, an emergency worker, is extremely serious. It's very concerning. I'm sure it's the only time you will be in court. You can see how seriously we view it."

Magistrates handed him a 12 month community order to include 40 hours of unpaid work.

Prosser must also pay a £184 fine for the assault, a £61 fine for being drunk and disorderly, £100 in compensation to the officer, a £95 victim surcharge and £185 costs.