A Milford Haven teenager assaulted a police officer when concerned family members delivered him to the station.

Harry Holmes-Thompson, of Coombs Drive, pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, October 2.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, told the court that Holmes-Thompson’s mother and aunt drove him to Haverfordwest police station at 7pm on September 16 because they were concerned about him.

“He was drunk and they thought he may have taken some drugs and could hurt himself.”

Holmes-Thompson was described as ‘clearly agitated and under the influence’ when an officer approached the car, and was swearing and shouting: “How is this going to get me help?”

He tried to run away while being arrested to prevent a breach of the peace and kicked out when he was restrained, catching PC Smith on his leg, and causing him to fall to the floor and graze his hand.

The 19 year-old continued to kick out, and a hood was placed on his head when he started to spit at the officers.

He was put into leg-restraints and carried into the police station where he continued to be abusive.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “He was using foul and insulting language while being processed.”

Jonathan Webb, defending, said Harry Holmes-Thompson was previously of clean character, but the police had stated it was not policy to impose a caution for this matter.

“Clearly it was out of character. While others who come before the court with monotonous regularity get diverted to the Pathfinders system, this young man, of clean character, gets brought before the court.”

Mr Webb added that the teen had been through a difficult time, which had not been helped by alcohol.

“He has done some silly things. On the evening in question his mum was very concerned about him. Perhaps the last place he felt he should be taken was the police station.”

“It was a very, very unfortunate incident. It’s a salutary lesson, he had not enjoyed being here at all."

Magistrates fined Holmes-Thompson £80 and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the officer plus £115 in costs and a surcharge.

The chairman of the bench said: “A police officer in the execution of his duty wants to go home and sleep, not nurse his wounds.”