Mobility scooter driven at officer

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A SCARBOROUGH man who deliberately drove a mobility scooter into a policeman has been fined for assault.

Keith Ingram, 44, of Prince of Wales Terrace, was also fined for using threatening words and behaviour towards a woman in the police station waiting area.

He admitted the behaviour offence and denied assault, but was found guilty following a trial at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Both offences took place on June 20, which prosecutor Sarah Tyrer said turned out to be “a bad day for Mr Ingram”.

Police officers had gone to deliver a harassment notice to his house at 8.30am following complaints from a neighbour.

The court heard how officers had to read the notice aloud through the door, then put it through the letterbox as Ingram wouldn’t let them in.

When they left he followed, shouting that it was “all a pack of lies” and saying he was going to make a complaint.

Later that morning Ingram attended the police station in Northway and began speaking to a woman in the waiting area.

Mrs Tyrer explained: “She said she was meeting a colleague, which led the defendant to believe she was a plain clothes police officer.

“He said ‘you’re all corrupt’ and started to rant.

“His arms were flailing and he was sweating, making her feel concerned for her personal safety.

“He then said ‘If you were in uniform and approached me, I would kill you, your children, your cat and dog - I don’t care’.”

The woman, who was in fact a probation officer, is said to have been frightened by the incident.

Later that day an officer was out making enquiries and stopped to read some paperwork in Royal Crescent Lane.

The officer felt a nudge in the back of his calf, and turned around to see a burgundy mobility scooter covered with a canopy.

The officer realised it was Ingram, who then jumped out and ran off towards St Martin’s Place.

Mrs Tyrer said the officer had tried to calm him down, but he had then laughed, somersaulted backwards off a wall, banged his head twice on the ground and said he had been assaulted by the police.

Marcus Topham, mitigating, said: “My client has issues with North Yorkshire Police as he makes various complaints and believes he is not listened to.”

He added that Ingram, who has a history of being treated by mental health services, wanted to apologise publicly for his actions at the police station.

He was fined £100 for each offence.