A FATHER lashed out at police officers after he was arrested for an offence he believes he did not commit.

Kyle Campbell, 23, kicked PS Jones in the chest several times as the officer and his colleagues tried to arrest him after a disturbance outside St Paul's Hostel in Tallow Hill.

Colette Orton, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to the hostel and tried to arrest him.

"He wrapped his legs around a police officer and tried to pull away from the police car.

"The police had to call for more backup and he was eventually put in a van after a police officer had to punch him in the side of the head.

"He kicked PS Jones several times in the chest, but no injuries were suffered as the result of a stab vest. He was abusive throughout."

In court, Campbell, of St Paul’s Hostel, initially said he did not know whether to plead guilty or not but refused to speak to an on-duty solicitor several times as “he wanted to make a statement.”

When told he needed to make a plea he said he was not guilty, before changing his mind after being told that pleading not guilty could lead to a more serious punishment.

Campbell, defending himself, said: “I am very sorry for what I did.

“I thought I was being arrested for doing nothing wrong. Which made me do something wrong.” The court heard he had previously been given a two-year community order for assault and that he was co-operating well with the requirements by attending his rehabilitation activity days.

Campbell said he was getting help managing his anger and that he was under the influence of alcohol during the assault.

Keith Stokes-Smith, chairman of the magistrates, also told him he should improve his behaviour for the sake of his two-year-old daughter.

Campbell was given a conditional discharge for 12 months for the assault late in the evening on Friday April 27 and told to pay £50 towards costs.

He appeared in Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday May 17.