A Barnsley man has become the first person to be prosecuted for resisting/obstructing a designated person/inspector after an incident on the A61 Wakefield Road last year.
Jack Cureton, aged 63, of Sheerien Close in Athersley North, obstructed a speed enforcement van on Wakefield Road at about 1.15pm on 7 December by parking his mobility scooter behind the vehicle and shouting obscenities at the Policing Support Officer inside.
Cureton continued to stand behind the vehicle, blocking the speed enforcement camera’s view, while intimidating the Policing Support Officer.
Cureton refused all attempts to be interviewed, and he was found guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 9 November. He was made to pay £400 in fines and costs, plus a £25 victim surcharge, and was handed a 12-month conditional discharge.
Scott Dernie, South Yorkshire Police’s Head of Safety Cameras & Ticket Processing, said: “Our staff do not deserve to be intimidated and threatened while carrying out their duties.
“We are pleased with this court result, and hope it will show all members of the public that such behaviour towards or staff will not be tolerated.”
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