A DRUNKEN man punched a police van in an incident in a Herefordshire street, a court has heard.

Shane Pickersgill admitted one count of drunk and disorderly behaviour when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford by video link from prison.

Police were called to Metcalfe Close on July 24, prosecutor Eleanor Peart said.

A drunken Pickersgill was swearing and shouting and punched the police van when they arrived.

Pickersgill, who officers apprehended and took to hospital, has "many" relevant convictions, Miss Peart said.


Speaking on his own behalf, 30-year-old Pickersgill said he had thought the incident was part of the reason he is currently behind bars but that it clearly could not be as he had found himself in court over it that day.

A probation report confirmed that Pickersgill had been jailed for a domestic assault and is due for release on December 11.

Magistrates fined Pickersgill, who is of no fixed abode, a £40 fine with one day's time served taken in lieu of payment. He must also pay a £40 victim surcharge.

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