Wetherby man tried to get dog to attack policemen


A man who tried to persuade his dog to attack police was told by a court he had been silly as officers were only trying to protect him.

Mark Ian Webster, a motor engineer, of North Grove Court, Wetherby, appeared before Harrogate magistrates last Thursday to plead guilty to resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty.

A second charge, of being drunk and disorderly in a public place was dropped.

Prosecutor Kathryn Reeve said 25-year-old Webster had been in a car which was stopped by a police patrol in Cattal Moor Lane, Tockwith, on August 22.

He had turned aggressive and, apparently drunk, had started to walk from the scene.

There had then been a struggle between Webster and police during which he told his dog to attack and it began snapping.

Webster, who was not legally represented, told the court: “I was an idiot, really.”

He said he had been celebrating a success at work.

Presiding magistrate Michael Poole fined him £130 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge ands told him: “It was a silly thing to do. The police were trying to help you, trying to stop you getting run over.”