Father-to-be spared prison

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A YOUNG father-to-be was spared prison this week for his part in attempting to assault police officers.

John Whorlow, 21, of Dicks Hill Park, had admitted becoming aggressive towards the officers when they attempted to detain him following reports he was drunk and trying to fight. He knocked an officer over, causing him to fall against a fence graze himself.

Paul Feeney, defending, said social workers who compiled reports on Whorlow described him as a frustrating individual who, when sober, is an enthusiastic and eager young man but who transforms when drunk.

He said Whorlow, due to become a father in May, realises he is “pushing it” with his regular offending.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb said: “Each time you appear here, you are a step closer to banging on the prison door.”

He placed Whorlow on a restriction of liberty order keeping him indoors between 7pm and 7am and ordered him to do 150 hours of unpaid work.