Mum kicks police officer in the bottom in alcohol-fuelled dispute at Haven Holiday Park in Caister

Haven Caister Holiday Park.
Picture: James Bass

Haven Caister Holiday Park. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

A drunken dispute at a caravan park resulted in a mother-of-six kicking a police officer in the bottom, a court has heard.

Jennifer Knowles, David Eustace and Billy Doherty, all of Mold Crescent in Banbury, Oxfordshire, were staying at Haven Holiday Park in Caister, when they became involved in a spat with security and management at the park, Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court was told.

The trio had been drinking in the park's lounge area, when Doherty, 22, got involved in a confrontation with a security officer and was asked to leave by the centre manager.

Josephine Jones, prosecuting, told magistrates that on returning to the caravan they were staying at, Eustace, 43, kicked the door shut, causing a glass panel to smash and break.

The manager of the holiday park then called the police and on arrival, Knowles, 42, got involved in a struggle with two police officers who attended the scene, first pushing one a number of times, before kicking the second in the bottom.


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Doherty was said to have attempted to set the family's bulldogs on one of the officers, saying 'go on, get him'.

All three were arrested, with Knowles charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, Eustace charged with criminal damage and Doherty charged with obstructing a police officer.

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Appearing together at the court on Monday, all three pleaded guilty to the charges.

Arthur Balls, mitigating, said: 'All three are deeply apologetic for their actions. None are trying to pass the blame for what happened to anybody else.'

Mr Balls added the events escalated as a result of a mixture of alcohol and Knowles caring about her husband (Eustace) and future son-in-law (Doherty).

Knowles and Eustace were both given 12-month conditional discharges and ordered to pay £200 each in compensation - Knowles to the police officers and Eustace to Haven for the damage to the door.

They were also each ordered to pay £40 costs and £20 victim surcharges.

Doherty was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and £20 victim surcharge.

On sentencing, chairman of the bench John Rockliff said that the incident made it 'an expensive weekend away' for the family, adding 'in future when security people say go; just go.'

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