A MAN said he 'kicked off' with police after being pulled over for the third day in a row, magistrates heard.

Steven Lock, 23, of Turnpike Caravan Park, Pembridge, pleaded guilty to using threatening or disorderly behaviour within the sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.

Sara Beddow, prosecuting, at Hereford Magistrates Court on Thursday said that at 11.25pm on January 21, Lock had been driving his van on a public road when police began to follow him.

"He pulled over and police hadn't caused him to stop," said Mrs Beddow.

"Police got out to speak to him and Lock got out shouting and swearing at the police officer accusing them of harassing him. He then walked towards the officer and pushed his head forwards towards the officer, who decided to step back to avoid a clash of heads.

"While waiting for a police van Lock kicked a police vehicle causing no damage. Police restrained him face down on the grass verge."

Lock told police: "This is a joke, what do you want? This is harassment."

Representing himself in court Lock said that he felt he was being harassed after being pulled over 'for nothing' three days in a row.

"During the checks they searched my vehicle through and through," said Lock.

"I also rang 101 and told them I was being harassed as that's how I felt. It was getting me down as I couldn't step out of the door without police on my back. That night I was with my pregnant partner and saw an officer put their hand on her. I did kick off because to me she is vulnerable like that and I don't touch her myself."

Mrs Beddow added that while waiting for a police van the officer did take hold of Lock's partner's arm to try and take her to one side.

Lock was handed a conditional discharge for 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay £75 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.