Expensive stupidity

“A VERY expensive night out” is how a magistrate described the case of two brothers arrested for fighting in Bridlington.

Christopher Clinton Bycroft, 35 and James Donald Bycroft, 29, both of Council Houses, Foston-on-the-Wolds, appeared together at Bridlington Magistrates Court on Wednesday September 12.

Christopher Bycroft pleaded guilty to a section 4 public order offence, and James Bycroft pleaded guilty to the same offence and also a charge of assaulting a police officer, relating to an incident in Bridlington in the early hours of August 25 this year.

The two men were spotted on CCTV fighting on the Esplanade in Bridlington, after they had visited Utopia with family for James’ birthday.

When police officers attended, there were “four to six men piled on the floor brawling, with James and Christopher Bycroft at the bottom fighting,” said prosecutor Sally Robinson.

Police officers tried to break up the brawl, and PC Cammiss attempted to pull James Bycroft off his brother.

On his back, he swung out his legs and kicked PC Cammiss in the stomach, causing her to fall on the floor and leaving her with a sore stomach.

Another police officer discharged a taser, and both men were arrested.

Mitigating, Richard Fowler said: “They have not done themselves or their family proud at all.

“It was James’ birthday and nobody really knows how the argument started and developed into a fight. When they got to the station and had time to think about it, and realised a police officer was hurt, they realised how serious it was.

“Unfortunately, James lost self control and did not appreciate that he had hit the police officer. Finding that out is something that horrified him.”

The brothers are both fishermen, with Christopher owning his own boat and employing four to five people, while James runs his father’s boat.

Presiding magistrate Jennie Byass handed the pair each £300 fines for the public order offences, and ordered them each to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

James Bycroft was fined a further £300 for assaulting a police officer, and ordered to pay £100 in compensation. No further action was taken after Christopher Bycroft admitted breaching a previous conditional discharge.

Mrs Byass said: “I have not added it all up, but your stupidity has led to to one very expensive night out.”