Crash into wall on Christmas Eve

A MAN accused of attacking a police officer skipped bail and then worried he would spend the new year in custody, a Harrogate court heard.

Gavin Andrew Varty appeared in the dock of Harrogate Magistrates’ Court some 16 hours after being arrested for failing to comply with the terms of bail he had been granted by the court three days before Christmas.

Prosecutor Kathryn Reeve said conditions imposed on 24-year-old Varty’s liberty insisted he abided by a nightly 8.30pm to 7.45am curfew while living at the Springboard hostel at Wesley Chapel in Oxford Street, Harrogate.

He also had to report daily to Harrogate police station and his failure to sign-on on December 27 had led to his arrest at 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 4.

When Varty admitted the breach his solicitor Geoffrey Rogers said the offence was down to pure forgetfulness. And he then realised that if he went into the police station thereafter he risked being kept in custody over the New Year period.

Court chairman Teresa Brooke ruled a night spent in a police cell was sufficient punishment for the bail breach and re-bailed Varty in the same terms as before. He was due back in court yesterday to answer a charge of assaulting PC Antony Papworth in the execution of his duty in the custody suite of Harrogate police station on December 21.