Film crewman ‘went berserk’ and bit officer

Film crewman ‘went berserk’ and bit officer

Film crewman ‘went berserk’ and bit officer

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A FILM crew worker has been jailed after a court heard he went "completely berserk" and attacked three police officers.

Amos Bowler pleaded guilty to five charges of causing actual bodily harm, assaulting and obstructing police officers, criminal damage and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Prosecutor Sonya Saul told Oxford Crown Court yesterday that the offences happened in Market Place in Wantage on July 8.

Bowler, of Avondale Park Road, London, was spotted in the town's square taking off his trousers and throwing them into the road.

When police officers arrived and tried to restrain the extremely drunk 26-year-old he became violent and made attempts to escape.

Miss Saul said officers pepper sprayed Bowler but he continue to struggle and fight, telling them: “You are nothing, I could f****** kill you.”

She said during the altercation he left teeth marks on the head of Pc Matthew Morgan, drawing blood.

Eventually it took four officers to subdue Bowers, she added, who also spat at them and damaged a police van.

Ronan McCann, defending told Judge Patrick Eccles that Bowers had been out drinking with his new colleagues and had been suffering from “anxiety” because he wanted to impress them.

Judge Eccles jailed him for six months and told him he had gone “completely berserk”.

He said: “This sort of drunken hooliganism in a quiet market town is simply not to be tolerated.”

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10:24am Tue 2 Sep 14

Marco00 says...

Surely the last line of judges summing up should be "behaviour like this in ANY PLACE should not be allowed "
Surely the last line of judges summing up should be "behaviour like this in ANY PLACE should not be allowed " Marco00
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1:15pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Oxon_Tech says...

This is EXACTLY the sort of behaviour Wantage has been used to for years. The BBC even made a documentary about it (Brass Tacks). Strange place..
This is EXACTLY the sort of behaviour Wantage has been used to for years. The BBC even made a documentary about it (Brass Tacks). Strange place.. Oxon_Tech
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1:28pm Tue 2 Sep 14

ashleyc says...

I'll never understand the defence these people give. I mean, anxiety because he was out drinking with new people?
Here's a tip Amos - throwing your trousers into the road, biting the head of a police officer, being pepper sprayed and given 6 months in prison.......won't impress new work colleages!
I'll never understand the defence these people give. I mean, anxiety because he was out drinking with new people? Here's a tip Amos - throwing your trousers into the road, biting the head of a police officer, being pepper sprayed and given 6 months in prison.......won't impress new work colleages! ashleyc
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7:40pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Adrian1 says...

Been to Wantage three times for drinks of an evening, departed ten minutes before chucking out each time due to reputation of the place. It's well earned, you can hear the fights starting up behind you, the breaking glass and the police speeding in as you depart the place. Won't be going back. I guess if that sort of drunken holiganism won't be tolerated then there's such arrests there every week, given the lack of such stories I guess it is tolerated and Amos just got unlucky.
Been to Wantage three times for drinks of an evening, departed ten minutes before chucking out each time due to reputation of the place. It's well earned, you can hear the fights starting up behind you, the breaking glass and the police speeding in as you depart the place. Won't be going back. I guess if that sort of drunken holiganism won't be tolerated then there's such arrests there every week, given the lack of such stories I guess it is tolerated and Amos just got unlucky. Adrian1
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