Police assaulted after they stop a fight

Hertfordshire Mercury, 12th January 1951

Police assaulted after they stop a fight.

A  21-year-old turner , Thomas Cushley Casey , of 24 Cowper Road , Welwyn Garden City , who admitted assaulting Constables A. Brownsell and D. Hester in the execution of their duty , was fined £5 at Welwyn Sessions on Friday .

Inspector J . Pritchard said the two officers , on motor patrol , were called to a public house in Welwyn Garden City , on December 30.

In the middle of a crowd of people on the forecourt they found a fight taking place . Two men were on the ground .

” The policemen grabbed one to stop the fight . It was Casey , who continued to fight , but with the officers . ” said the Inspector .

One of the Policemen was kicked on the leg and the other butted in the head .

                                       ‘ DRUNKEN BRAWL ‘

” The whole affair seemed really to have been a drunken brawl and Casey was not the only man concerned . ”  added the Inspector .

Mr T. Anderson Davis , defending,  said Casey was a Scotsman  . After a brief visit to the public house Casey had come out and found a dispute raging in the forecourt .

” Someone told him his brother-in-law was getting hurt and he went to the rescue . When the Police arrived Casey was on the floor and had been somewhat severely injured . His mouth was cut and his knees were badly bruised . “

” You may think that in the heat of the trouble and suffering from pain , it was natural he should strike out to break the grip , not at the moment realising it was a Police Officer . ” added Mr Anderson Davis .

Fining Casey , the Chairman , Mr W. Playle , told him . ” I hope you don’t get involved in brawls of this kind again . “

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