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KICKING UP A STINK Doped-up thug kicked police officer in the head while moaning about 'foreigners'

"Arresting me for sticking up for myself against two foreigners, not even from this country, the whole country is taken over by them."

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Stephen Purdy

Stephen Purdy

Stephen Purdy

This is the doped-up thug who kicked a cop in the face while moaning about foreigners taking over the country.

Stephen Purdy, from Craigywarren in Co Antrim, was originally accused of assaulting two foreigners during an altercation outside a Ballymena pub, but those charges were withdrawn and he claims he had been acting in self-defence.

When cops turned up, Purdy (36), of Hazelwood Drive, did a runner and during his arrest booted one officer in the face and another in the shins.

Court News NI reported that during his arrest he assaulted one cop with his feet and later ranted: "Arresting me for sticking up for myself against two foreigners, not even from this country, the whole country is taken over by them."

On Wednesday we went to Purdy's home to ask him about his behaviour, but his partner told us he was at work and that he had been the victim after he himself was kicked in the head during the incident.

We can reveal that just a few weeks after the shocking assault on the police, Purdy was arrested after he sped up the hard shoulder to escape cops who detected him driving at 90mph on the M2.

Police, concerned for the safety of other drivers, turned off their blue lights and stopped pursuing Purdy, who used the hard shoulder to escape as heavy traffic affected the motorway.

He was arrested shortly after and was given a five-month suspended prison sentence and banned from driving for two years.

At Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, Purdy admitted charges of assaulting police, resisting an officer, being disorderly at Greenmount Avenue in Ballymena and possession of cannabis.

The court heard police were called to the Fairhill Bar in Ballymena on June 19 last year by town centre CCTV operators who reported an alleged assault.

When Purdy saw police he ran off down Hill Street and was chased and detained at Greenmount Avenue where he smelt of cannabis and was drunk.

He was searched and cannabis was found but when handcuffed he became aggressive and lunged towards officers.

He kicked out, striking an officer on the shin, which caused bruising and stiffness.

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Purdy repeatedly shouted and swore at police and while being put in a police vehicle he kicked another officer in the face.

As he was being taken to Antrim Police Station Purdy continued to be aggressive, lashing out with his head and legs towards officers, requiring him to be restrained for the majority of the journey.

The prosecutor said a member of the public alleged that during the initial incident outside the pub Purdy had attempted to punch them but missed.

District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned sentencing until March 29.

He said: "You are very close to going to prison."

steven.moore@sunday world.com

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