Brothers sentenced for fighting with police during night out in Bishop Auckland (From The Advertiser Series)
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Brothers sentenced for fighting with police during night out in Bishop Auckland
4:32pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A MAN who threw punches at pub security staff before he fought with the police on a night out has been sentenced 140 hours of community work.
Police were called to Bishop Auckland market place after Dwayne Howard, 25, argued with door staff at the Champagne Bar on August 31.
The officers arrived at about 1pm and saw Howard throw punches at the security men. He was was seen to throw a chair across the market place.
Howard was arrested after a lengthy struggle with two officers who had to use pepper spray.
As the police officers struggled on the ground with Howard his younger brother John-Thomas Howard rushed in to kick both officers in the head.
Defence solicitor Dan Pygall, told Newton Aycliffe magistrates, that the brothers knew their behaviour had been unacceptable and they were ashamed of it.
He said the Howards had been to a wedding and had been drinking all day. They had gone to the town centre were Dwayne Howard felt the door staff had insulted him.
Mr Pygall said Dwayne Howard thought that the police should have been speaking to the security men and not to him.
He said that John-Thomas Howard, 18, had seen his brother in trouble and had run in to help him.
Dwayne Howard pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting the police, one of resisting arrest and one of using threatening words or behaviour.
His brother pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting the police.
Dwayne Howard was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work and John-Thomas to 100 hours.
Both brothers, of Redworth Road, Shildon, were ordered to pay each of the arresting officers £50 compensation plus a £60 victim surcharge and £42.50 costs.