Officer injured during fracas with offender


A jobless man cracked a policeman’s little finger after shouting “stop surrounding me”.

Derby Crown Court heard last Monday how the painful injury was caused when officers called on Luke Bembridge’s home after his mother said he had ridden off on a motorbike and planned to kill himself.

Justin Wigoder, prosecuting, explained the trouble broke out when Bembridge, 25, returned to the premises on Churchside, Calow, on August 30.

According to the court, Bembridge was heard shouting: “I am going to slash the bobbies.”

Police waited for reinforcements before going into the property and finding Bembridge sitting on the kitchen floor.

Mr Wigoder said Bembridge was “visibly upset”.

When police took hold of him, Bembridge pulled away and one officer felt a pain in a finger, according to the court, and an X-ray revealed a fracture.

Bembridge admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was put on probation for 18 months.

Judge John Burgess said he accepted the injury was not deliberately inflicted but it was “very uncomfortable”.

He told Bembridge: “You were in a very emotional state. Your mother was concerned you were going to harm yourself. This officer suffered a very nasty injury.”

No compensation was ordered but the policeman can make a claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.