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Man to be sentenced for Carlisle violence and head-butting PC

The scene of Reay’s violent behaviour in December, 2017: Carlisle’s Bronx bar

A MAN is due to be sentenced next month for violent, drunken behaviour in the centre of Carlisle, and head-butting a police officer.

John Reay, 39, admitted a charge of affray when he appeared at the city’s crown court earlier today (TUES).

Previously he had pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable, causing actual bodily harm.

Both crimes are said to have occurred on December 15 in 2017. The court heard Reay’s violent, “drunken behaviour” occurred amid an incident said to have started inside Carlisle’s Bronx bar, Botchergate, and which then continued outside the premises at around 2am. He is then said to have head-butted the police officer at a hospital.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case for the preparation of a probation service report ahead of sentence.

Reay, of High Meadow, Carlisle, was granted bail, and is due to receive his punishment at the crown court on May 17. “You are in a serious position,” said Judge Adkin told him. “People who head-butt police officers and cause injury generally go to prison.”

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