Conanby youth assaulted constables

January 1965

South Yorkshire Times January 16th 1965

Conanby youth assaulted constables

Fining a Conanby youth a total of £20 for a series of offences arising from a disturbance outside the Empress Ballroom, Mexborough, Mr. F.C. Robinson, Chairman at Doncaster West Riding Court on Tuesday, told him “The police are trying to maintain law and order, and it is hooligans like you who are preventing them.”

Colin Epton (18), miner, of Markham Avenue, Conanby, was found guilty after denying the offence of assaulting P.C. Brian Hall and P.C. Keith Woodhouse in the execution of their duty, and assaulting P.C. Woodhouse causing him actual bodily harm. He admitted conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace, using obscene language, and two offences of committing damage to a police window and a police blanket. A summons alleging that Epton was drunk and disorderly, denied by defendant, was dismissed.
Epton was ordered to pay £1 5s costs and was bound over for two years.

Chief Insp. W.L. Cockcroft said that the offences arose out of a disturbance outside the Empress Ballroom when Epton intervened as the two officers were ejecting a youth at the request of the management. Epton kicked P.C.Woodhouse and as a result the officer had been off duty three weeks.

For Epton, Mr. J. Allen submitted that the officers were injured when they were on the floor struggling and there was no deliberate attempt to assault by Epton.