A MAN arrested for being drunk and disorderly has lodged an official complaint against the police.

Blackburn magistrates heard that Benjamin Roberts claimed he had been punched repeatedly during his arrest.

Roberts, 36, of Worcester Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Astley Gate and resisting arrest.

He was fined a total of £40 with £20 costs.

Tom Snape, prosecuting, said Roberts had been shouting loudly and refused to move on when warned by an officer. He was arrested and threw a punch at the officer and struggled violently.

Bashrat Ditta, defending, said Roberts had not been displaying any aggressive behaviour and had originally been told by the police to go home quietly.

"He threw a punch, though it did not make contact and, in fairness, he was in no fit state to harm anyone.

After that he feels the police over reacted and he has lodged a formal complaint with the Chief Constable."

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