Wanted teen fled police

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A TEENAGER wanted on suspicion of rape escaped from police wearing the handcuffs officers attempted to arrest him in, a court heard.

Jimmy Murray, 18, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with assault with intent to resist arrest.

The court heard Murray, of Oxford Meadow, Sible Hedingham, had assaulted Pc Andy Green as he tried to arrest him at a house in Haverhill on December 17.

Prosecutor Rosalind Cappleman said officers had attended a house at around 1am to arrest Murray on suspicion of rape – a charge that was later dropped.

“Pc Green knocked on the door and when the defendant opened it he tried to shut the door on him,” said Mrs Cappleman.

“Pc Green used his bodyweight to keep the door open, grabbed the defendant by the arm and told him he was going to arrest him.”

At this point, a bedroom door in the house burst open and two friends of Murray grabbed hold of him and helped pull him away.

“Officers managed to get Murray outside, where he kicked out, hitting Pc Green’s knee, and shouted that he would head-butt him,” added Mrs Cappleman.

She said Murray, who is unemployed, wriggled free and ran through the property before escaping through a window with handcuffs on.

As a result of the assault, Pc Green suffered pain to his elbow and a knee injury which kept him off work for a week.

In mitigation, Richard Block said the threat of a police officer arresting him for rape – an offence he did not commit – had led Murray to resist.

“He denies such things as swinging kicks, but he pushed the officer away and he accepts this,” he said.

Murray, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was ordered to pay a fine of £50, costs of £50, a victim surcharge of £15 and compensation to Pc Green of £20.