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Flood victim squared up to police who forced his replacement door

Carlisle Crown Court

A HOUSEHOLDER who squared up to police who had forced entry to his empty home has been sentenced by a judge.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Alan Baker was a victim of the Storm Desmond floods in 2015. He had spent thousands of pounds replacing doors following the deluge.

But when 63-year-old Baker returned to his Main Road home in Flimby at around 1am on April 26, he found police had forced their way in. Paramedics had contacted officers amid reports of a person being ill inside, although no casualty was discovered.

Baker, whose eyes were “glazed” and his speech “slurred” asked aggressively what had happened to his door. He “squared up” to officers, and was taken to the floor after making contact with a constable’s chest.

He admitted being drunk and disorderly, and resisting an officer – offences which meant he breached a previously-imposed suspended prison sentence for earlier offending.

After hearing Baker was complying well with that punishment, Judge James Adkin imposed a 28-day night-time curfew for the latest criminal conduct.

Baker told the court he was sorry, saying: “I was just in shock.”

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