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Policeman hit during fight at Tewkesbury wedding party

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

Stroud Magistrates Court

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WHEN fighting broke out at a wedding, police were called and an officer was set upon too, a court heard.

Shaun Lee saw his son involved in a fracas at Gupshill Manor but ended up hitting a policeman, Stroud Magistrates’ Court heard today.

Lee, 40, of Beddau Caravan Site, Pontypridd, agreed to be bound over for assaulting PC James Evenson when he appeared before the court this morning.

“Police were called to a wedding at Gupshill Manor hotel in the early hours of November 10,” said Kathryn Jenkins, prosecuting.

“Several mobile patrols had to attend because there was trouble involving many people who had been at the wedding.

“PC Evenson went to assist a fellow officer who was already dealing with Mr Lee.

“PC Evenson grabbed Mr Lee by the arms and shouted ‘police’ and tried to move him away.

“Mr Lee squared up to the officer, who was then hit on the head, then took a defensive stance.

“Mr Lee then attempted to throw more punches.

“The officer complained of soreness to his head afterwards, as well as a stiff neck.”

Miss Jenkins said that in police interview, Lee told officers he was leaving the wedding party when he saw his son involved in a dispute.

“He saw people fighting and noticed his son, so simply stopped and went to ensure his son’s safety,” she said.

“He could smell CS gas and saw his son rubbing his eyes. Mr Lee’s wife was struck and fell to the floor, and he was trying to sort out his wife when officers intervened.

“He accepted his attitude towards officers may have caused him to panic.”

Miss Jenkins said the case had been reviewed after Lee pleaded not guilty to the offence of assaulting a constable at the Tewkesbury wedding venue.

He had the agreed to plead guilty and be bound over, she said.

After the bench heard he took home £140 a week in benefits, the bench went along with a bind over.

“Assaulting police is a serious matter,” said bench chairman Dr Hazel Padfield. “You are bound over to keep the peace for six months towards Gloucestershire Constabulary.”

She told him he will lose the bind over sum of £150 if he breaks it during that period.

Lee, who was not represented in court, did not wish to say anything in his defence.

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