Drunk man blamed police for Hillsborough disaster before spitting in officer’s face

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A drunken 22-year-old demanded justice for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster before spitting in the face of a police officer.

When Thomas Porter was found lying outside the Indian Palace restaurant, Ipswich, just after 10pm on November 25, a police officer tried to lift him to his feet. But Porter became aggressive, shouting that police were murderers.

In the back of a police car, Porter added that he wanted ‘justice for the 96’, before spitting in the officer’s face.

Porter, of High Street, Bildeston, was arrested and found to be in possession of a quantity of cannabis. He spat once more at the station and tried to headbutt an officer.

He admitted assaulting a constable and possessing the drug at court on Monday.


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Solicitor Lyndon Davies said Porter remembered little but was genuinely horrified and remorseful.

Porter, jailed in Liverpool for affray and production of cannabis in 2015, must carry out 50 hours of unpaid work and pay the PC £100 damages.

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