Burnley pub attack lout had set dogs on police

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A lout involved in an attack at a Burnley pub had sentence adjourned for reports after a judge said he had to consider protection of the public.

Wayne Birtwell (30) has a record for violence. He and his partner Amie Wlliams (20) have both admitted assault allegations after the trouble, last November. Birtwell, of Eastham Street, and Williams, of Barry Street, both Burnley, have admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Birtwell was on bail for the assault when he struck again. Burnley magistrates were earlier told Birtwell elbowed a bouncer in the face at the Bees Knees bar, Hammerton Street, in December.

His past convictions include using dogs and “CS gas” on police, which Judge Simon Newell described as “concerning.”

In June 2009, Birtwell was made the subject of a hospital order after he attacked police and used his bull mastiff dogs as “weapons”. He had been on bail for grabbing a parva spray from an officer and spraying a policewoman when one of his dogs sank its teeth into another police officer on the day of the Burnley v Ipswich game, in August 2008.

He was then said to have “gone for” two officers with a home-made keyring-type weapon, which had lethal fish hooks attached.

Birtwell was convicted of assault with intent to resist arrest, making use of a firearm, assault causing actual bodily harm, affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

At the latest crown court hearing his barrister, Philip Holden, said Birtwell had not offended for five months and was trying to reduce his alcohol intake.

Both Birtwell and Williams were bailed and will be sentenced on June 23rd. Judge Newell said reports would be in Birtwell’s interests and the interests of the public. He added: “I have also got to consider the protection of the public.”