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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Carlisle parking row man head-butted special constable

A Carlisle man who head-butted an off-duty special constable in a supermarket car park has been electronically tagged.

Mark Hodgson, 51, had taken exception to special constable Andrew Simmons quizzing him about a prang he’d witnessed at Morrisons, city magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Adrienne Harris said Mr Simmons had been with his wife, loading his own car with shopping, when he saw Hodgson collide with another vehicle as he tried to park. He then drove off and found himself a different space.

Mr Simmons followed Hodgson, of Bowscale Close, and asked him why he had not reported the accident.

A row followed and Hodgson said: ‘What are you going to do about it big man?’

He then headbutted Mr Simmons, who managed to dodge the attack so the blow only connected with his lip.

Defence solicitor Lauren Heesley told the court that Hodgson had delivered only one strike and that the probation service was satisfied he knew he was in the wrong, and not at high risk of re-offending.

District judge Gerald Chalk sentenced him to 12 months on probation and a six-week tagged curfew from 9pm to 6am.

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