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A man who assaulted police officers simply because they asked him whether his journey was essential has pleaded guilty to assault charges at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Two British Transport Police (BTP) officers were on patrol at Nottingham station on Saturday 4 April when they noticed Nelson trying to board a train.  They asked if his journey was essential and he became abusive, threatening to “knock them out”.

He was then refused travel and escorted out of the station, whereupon he punched both officers in the face. Both were knocked to the ground, with one falling unconscious and the other managing to get up and chase after him.

The man, named as Nelson Nelson of Aldridge, West Midlands, then dragged the chasing police officer into the road in front of an oncoming bus, before making off into a building site opposite the station.

Officers from Nottinghamshire Police arrived at that point, to assist the BTP officers, and they managed to locate Nelson who then charged at an officer and punched him.

Arming himself with a plank of wood with protruding nails, he attacked a Nottinghamshire Police dog handler and hit the dog several times with the wood, causing a cut to his chin.

Nelson was immediately detained and arrested, whereupon, when searching him, officers found he was carrying a lock knife.

Both BTP officers were taken to hospital for treatment. One was confirmed to have severe concussion and bruising to her face, while the other suffered ligament damage to his jaw and thumb, as well as bruising and swelling across his body. The Nottinghamshire Police officer and police dog weren’t seriously injured and didn’t require treatment.

In court, Nelson pleaded guilty to two counts of actual bodily harm, assault with intent to resist arrest, assault of an emergency worker, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article, and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

He was remanded in custody until sentencing on 27 April.

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