Scaffolder hurled a paving slab at cop

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A wanted man who tried to escape the police by throwing a paving slab at them has been given a community sentence.

Brighouse scaffolder David Marshall was in the Duke of York pub in Shelf last August when police arrived to arrest him in connection with an assault allegation.

But when officers arrived, 31-year-old Marshall left the pub and fled along Denholmgate Road.

He was chased and told to stop as he fled through nearby gardens and at one stage CS gas was used by the pursuing officer.

Prosecutor Richard Smith told Bradford Crown Court that Marshall then picked up “a large piece of Yorkshire stone” and threw it towards the officer who had to dive to his left to avoid it.

During the chase Marshall also made threats to kill the officer before he was finally detained and handcuffed with the help of the officer’s colleagues.

He was originally charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent but the case was reviewed and his guilty plea to affray was accepted at a previous court hearing.

Marshall, of Thornhill Road, Rastrick, pleaded guilty to the affray charge in November.

His barrister Jayne Beckett explained that he had run away from the officers because his mother had suffered a heart attack and he had been helping to care for her.

She said Marshall was engaging with a substance abuse services to address his issues with alcohol and drugs and had complied with his bail conditions since August.

Because Marshall had spent two weeks on remand and 63 days subject to a qualifying electronic curfew Recorder Roderick Adams said he had effectively served the equivalent of a five-month sentence.

The judge said he was prepared to impose 12-month intensive community order which includes 100 hours unpaid work.

The judge also gave Marshall a drug rehabilitation requirement and participation in an anger management programme as part of the sentence.