A man struggled with police officers after they told him he was going to be arrested.

The officers turned up at Nathan Bourton’s home in Rose Hill on June 28 following reports of an argument between him and his sister.

The 39-year-old’s solicitor told Oxford Magistrates’ Court that for ‘safeguarding’ reasons the officers decided they would have to arrest one of the two and take them into custody.

On being told he was going to be arrested Bourton tried to shut the front door and run back into the house then struggled with the officers.

When he was taken to Abingdon police station he told police he had a syringe on him, which was later found to contain traces of heroin and cocaine.


Nathan Bourtons file mugshot Picture: TVP

Nathan Bourton's file mugshot Picture: TVP


Appearing before the court via video link from HMP Bullingdon on Wednesday, Bourton, of James Street, Oxford, pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer and possession of class A drugs.

Mitigating, Alice Dodd said her client had struggled with drug addiction in the past. He was being prescribed a heroin substitute while in prison serving a 21 month sentence for burglary. “I know him well and looking at him today he’s looking very well,” she said.

The magistrates imposed a six month conditional discharge and ordered he pay a £22 victim surcharge. The syringe was forfeit and will be destroyed.