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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Cumbria man assaulted police officer when he tried to save his life in Barrow

A MAN phoned police saying he was going to kill himself by walking into the sea off Barrow and attacked the officer who pulled him from the water, a court was told.

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GUILTY Raymond Green, left, admitted assaulting the police officer who tried to save him from drowing himself at Earnse Bay. He is due to be sentenced later this month

Raymond Green, 56, of Dacre Road, Brampton, headbutted and beat PC Callum Lennox in the early hours of December 5 at Earnse Bay, Walney.

Green was spotted in the early hours of the morning lying face down in ankle deep water, but assaulted PC Lennox when he tried to rescue him.

The defendant lunged at PC Lennox, punching him to the chest, headbutting him in the left arm and attempting to bite his hands.

He had to be restrained by two officers.

Green pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting a police officer during the execution of his duty at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “Mr Green had threatened suicide by saying he was going to walk into the sea.

“It was dark and it was a high tide.

“PC Lennox noticed in the distance a light shining and found a body in the water.

“Mr Green shouted ‘get off me’ before punching the officer, causing him to fall into the water.

“(PC Lennox) and his colleague had to drag Mr Green back to the shore as he refused to walk.

“PC Lennox was assaulted when all he was trying to do was rescue this defendant from the water.”

The officers managed to locate Green’s vehicle in the evening of December 4 and later saw a head torch in the distance.

The court was told that Green had been drinking bottles of lager in the afternoon, and rang 999, telling the call handler that he was going to take his life by drowning himself.

Ms Karen Templeton, in mitigation, said Green had suffered from long-term health problems including anxiety and depression.

She said Green sustained bruising to his right eye and leg during the incident.

District judge Gerald Chalk said: “This was a sustained assault and involved a headbutt.”

A pre-sentence report was ordered, and the case was adjourned until January 28.

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