Conan’s “one man war” against 20 police officers at Westgate station

Wakefield Magistrates.'Picture of (the back of) Conan Booth
Wakefield Magistrates.'Picture of (the back of) Conan Booth

A MAN called Conan who launched a “one-man war” against police needed 20 officers to arrest him, a court heard.

Conan Lawrence Booth told officers at Westgate railway station: “Arrest me if you can. None of you are strong enough,” as they tried to detain him.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard how Booth, 24, assaulted three officers and “ragged” four other policemen around.

Prosecutor Richard Ogden said two officers tried to arrest Booth, of Newland Street, Agbrigg, for being drunk and disorderly at the city’s main station at 9.25pm on May 22.

Both officers tried to handcuff him but “due to his size and strength, they were unable to do so”.

The court heard he struggled violently, pushed both officers away and grabbed them around the neck.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police were called to assist British Transport Police, who were dealing with the initial incident.

Booth then assaulted a detective constable by pushing him in the chest.

The court heard Booth told the officers they were not strong enough to arrest him.

Mr Ogden added: “There were almost 20 officers who were able to bring him under control.

“He was handcuffed with two sets of handcuffs down to his extreme violence.”

None of the officers suffered visible injuries.

Booth admitted three counts of assaulting a policeman in the execution of his duty and being drunk and disorderly.

Julie Allott, mitigating, said Booth was “bewildered” having gone through the facts of the case in the cold, sober light of day.

Deputy District Judge Peter Hollingworth said: “This was a one man war against the officers, in the town – thoroughly reprehensible.”

Booth was jailed for 12 weeks but the sentence was suspended for 12 months.

A 12-week daily curfew between 7pm and 7am was imposed on Booth and he must complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Hollingworth also ordered him to pay £100 compensation to each assaulted officer.