Crook snatched two pairs of handcuffs from police

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TWO police officers struggled to restrain a man they were arresting as he snatched two sets of handcuffs from them.

Police were called to an address which Kieran Reay was banned from under his bail conditions, Sunderland magistrates heard.

As he tried to evade capture on Wednesday night, officers chased the 21-year-old out of the rear yard of the property and grabbed hold of his arms.

Prosecutor Jeanette Smith said one of the officers struck Reay in the leg in an attempt to restrain him, before he pulled him to the ground, where the struggle continued.

“He tried to apply handcuffs but Reay pulled these from the officer and threw them away,” Mrs Smith said. “The other officer produced his handcuffs but the defendant grabbed hold of them, the officer had to strike him four times to get him to release the handcuffs.”

Reay, of Cooperative Terrace, Concord, pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer.

Sandra Fife, mitigating, said: “He panicked because he knew he shouldn’t be at the address and he knew what was coming next.”

Reay was fined £70 and told to pay £60 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.