A 23-year-old man spat and scratched a police officer who tried to arrest him a court heard.

Ali Akbar Shah of St Matthews Centre, Cemetery Road, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to assaulting Pc Porritt when he and a colleague tried to arrest him in Dewsbury.

Lisa Evans, prosecuting, told the bench at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court the incident at 8.30am on May 13.

She said they tried to arrest the defendant at St Matthews Centre but as they took him to the police vehicle he took hold of Pc Porritt’s arm “and started pulling away from both officers. Dewsbury man Ali Akbar Shah spat at PC who was trying to arrest him

“They tried to take him to the floor. He spat at Pc Porritt who suffered cuts and grazes to the back of his right hand.”

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The bench gave him a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered him to pay compensation of £50 to Pc Porritt.

Another charge of assaulting Pc Porritt by beating him was dismissed.

A surcharge of £20 was imposed to be deducted at a rate of £5 per week from his benefits.

Shah was also told that a non-payment of fine totalling £1139.50 that this would be remitted to £197.50.