A homeless man has appeared in court after spitting at two police officers.

Scott Cochran, of no fixed address, admitted to two charges of assaulting a police officer acting in the execution of his duty.

The 29-year-old appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in custody following the most recent incident on Saturday (June 25) in Huddersfield town centre.

Prosecutor Clint Chambers said that a Police Community Support Officer attended to reports of males causing a nuisance in Byram Street.

Mr Chambers said: “She saw Cochran sitting on the church steps and went to speak with him, asking him his name.

“He refused to provide this and was aggressive.”

The Huddersfield court heard that Cochran swore at the PCSO and walked off.

Other officers were called to attend and, as he was abusive towards them, he was placed in the police van.

Cochran spat at them, his saliva landing on one of the police officers.

During his time in custody he continued to be aggressive and threatening towards staff, the court was told.

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Mr Chambers said that Cochran was involved in a similar incident in Leeds on June 20.

This time his spit landed on an officer’s stab vest.

Cochran also spat at the glass window on his cell door following his arrest.

Ian Whiteley, mitigating, explained that his client begs at the corner of Byram Street and is sleeping rough at the moment.

He added that Cochran is suffering from dementia.

District Judge Michael Fanning adjourned his case as he faces matters at Leeds Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

He remanded Cochran in custody.