AN 'ERRATIC' teenager headbutted a police officer in a row outside a Hereford fish and chip shop.

Sonny Griffiths admitted assaulting a woman and a police officer acting in the course of their duties when he appeared before magistrates.

Police were called to the Golden Galleon in Hereford's Commercial Road at around 2am on February 13, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

Griffiths, who had been acting in an 'erratic' manner, had been blocked from entering a business in the street by a door supervisor, who said he was ranting and raving and not making much sense.

But as she stepped in front of him, she felt something hit her face, and realised she could feel blood trickling down her face.


She was later taken to hospital, where she was found to have a small fracture, and had to take time off work.

Police said Griffiths was still behaving erratically when they arrived, and when one officer placed his hand on Griffiths in order to arrest him, Griffiths headbutted him in the nose, causing a cut to the bridge of his nose.

"It is fairly obvious he was acting irrationally and was under the influence of drink or otherwise," Mr Hambling said.

Griffiths was subject to a community order imposed in January after he assaulted two emergency workers at the time, the court heard.

The court heard from a probation report that 18-year-old Griffiths has been doing well with his community order, has been popular at his unpaid work, and has made a self-referral to Turning Point.

Griffiths, of Glebe Close, Credenhill, was handed a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work, and a four-month curfew with electronic tag. He must also pay costs of £185 and a £95 victim surcharge.