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Banged up for head butt on policeman

A 26-year-old man who head-butted a policeman was this week jailed for more than eight months.

Harrison Long also threatened to kill officers and struggled violently with them at Hawick police station on April 18.

Selkirk Sheriff Court heard that Long had returned to Galashiels from the Doncaster area with the intention of handing himself in as there were a number of warrants out for his arrest.

But he was involved in an incident in Galashiels which resulted in police being called out at 5am. As Long was being detained, he head-butted one officer, causing him to be concussed and is still off on sick leave as a result of the assault.

He was taken to Hawick police station and during the journey he was extremely abusive to officers, saying he was going to get them on their day off, snap their necks and kill them.

Long continued to be abusive on arrival at the police station and had to be put in leg restraints and handcuffed as he struggled violently with officers.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said: “They may have been empty threats, but is still not acceptable behaviour. He was heavily under the influence of alcohol.”

Long pleaded guilty to three offences.

Defence lawyer Fiona Hamilton said the flashpoint was when her client was handcuffed, but added that Long appreciated his conduct was not acceptable.

She added he had very little recollection of the incident.

Long was jailed for a total of 250 days, backdated to April 20.

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