Chesterfield thug fined after shouting abuse at police

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A foul-mouthed thug kicked out at a flower basket and swore at police after he thought someone had taken his cigarettes.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court recently heard how Andrew Watson, 18, of Chantrey Avenue, Chesterfield, went berserk during the early hours and was abusive to police.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “The incident occurred about 4am as police attended an address on Chantrey Avenue after receiving a report that a male was kicking a front door and there was a bin in the street with contents spilled into the road. The police were trying to establish if all was well when the defendant appeared and shouted and swore at them.”

Watson continued to be abusive and kicked a flower basket outside a home, according to Mr Shaw, and a friend tried to calm him down.

Mr Shaw added: “Watson became more aggressive and he was arrested and he laid down in the street and was finally taken into custody. Further enquiries were made and it is clear there had been bad language shouted before the police arrived which resulted in a call to police.”

Watson, who is currently serving a community order for a battery offence, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour after the incident on September 6.

The defendant, who represented himself in court, said: “I have nothing to say other than I was lying down on the floor because the police said it was easier for me to be dealt with.

“It’s nothing I am proud of but there is a pattern when I drink and certain things flare up.”

The court heard how jobless Watson thought someone had taken his cigarettes before the incident erupted and magistrates advised he could save money by not smoking and get his fine paid off.

Magistrates fined Watson £40 and ordered him to pay £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.