A DISABLED young man may take legal action over an alleged assault by a police worker.
David Hickman, who is 19, is seeking legal advice after he ended up in hospital following an altercation with a police community support officer over a mini-motorbike.
Mr Hickman, of Lowerhouses, has a string of medical conditions. They include a leaking left ventricle in his heart and a rare blood vessel condition called Churg-Strauss, which mean he looks several years younger than his age. He has had 17 operations and a lung biopsy.
He had to have accident and emergency treatment after he was knocked to the ground and pinned down during the incident.
He said: “I felt violated. I wasn’t doing anything wrong and he completely over-reacted.
“The police need to do their job properly and get people who are actually breaking the law.”
Mr Hickman, who had bought the bike the day before, was confronted as he pushed it through a ginnel off Somerset Road, Aspley, towards his home on Dog Kennel Bank.
The PCSO asked him who owned the bike.
Mr Hickman said: “I told him it was mine and I wasn’t riding it so he should leave me alone.
“As I tried to walk past him he grabbed my arm and started squeezing it.
“He kicked my bike over. I tried to pick it up and he was standing on the back wheel. I managed to pick it up and he knocked it over again and broke the clutch.
“I was getting angry at him for breaking my bike. He told me to give him my name. I said: ‘Why should I when you have broken my bike?’
“He grabbed me and threw me to the floor.
“He had his hands round my throat. I was shouting my name and telling him I was disabled, but he wouldn’t get off me.”
The PCSO radioed for back-up and the incident ended when three officers arrived.
Mr Hickman, who was not arrested or cautioned, had to have a tetanus jab because he is highly vulnerable to infection.
His father, Eryl Roberts, has spoken to the Citizens Advice Bureau and his solicitor about the incident.
He said: “I think it’s a disgrace. Something has to be done.
“This person wasn’t fit to wear the uniform. You can’t assault someone like that for no reason.”
But Insp David Glover said the PCSO’s actions were justified.
He said: “PCSOs have been working in the area because of a lot of complaints about nuisance motorcycles.
“As a result they stopped and checked a youth pushing a bike. He failed to give any details and the PCSO quite rightly detained him to obtain his name and address.”