Yob threatened to kill police over friends’ arrest

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A teenage yob threatened to kill police officers when they tried to arrest a female friend.

Daniel Clark, 17, made the threats as he pushed in between the police and his friend.

Lindsey Armstrong, prosecuting, told Livingston Sheriff Court: “There was a violent struggle between them. Officers tried to take hold of the accused and restrain him, however he continued to struggle violently.”

Miss Armstrong said Clark continued to resist the officers as he was put to the ground and handcuffed then put in a police vehicle.

A few days later, she said Clark vandalized a Rover 75 car after an incident involving the owner. He cracked a rear light and pulled a wing mirror off the vehicle causing £200 worth of damage.

Clark, from Blackridge, West Lothian, pled guilty to breach of the peace, resisting arrest and malicious damage.

Sandra Osborne, defending, said: “It’s clear Mr. Clark acted inappropriately and perhaps immaturely given his 17 years of age.

“He remonstrated with the officers because he believed they’d unfairly placed their hands on a female who was part of a group.

“I think alcohol may have been involved, leading to his poor decision making.”

Despite being told that Clark had no income, Sheriff Kevin Drummond ordered him to pay £200 compensation to the car owner. He also put him on a community payback order with a year’s supervision and 45 hours of unpaid work.