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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 August, 2004, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Man fined for firing water pistol
A County Durham road worker has been fined 300 for firing a water pistol at a police officer.

Gary Parker told a court he was only having a "bit of fun" playing with pistols with friends last August.

Darlington Magistrates' Court found Parker guilty of causing a danger to a road user by interfering with a vehicle.

The 27-year-old, of Bondisle Way, Stanhope, Durham, was fined 100 and 200 costs.

'Having a laugh'

The incident happened in Stanhope town square near Parker's parents' pub, the Bonny Moor Hen.

The family had been celebrating his mother's birthday playing in a paddling pool and having water pistol fights, magistrates were told.

Pc Frank Hewison had claimed the water had hit him in the face during the incident.

But magistrates said they were satisfied this was not the case, although some water may have entered the cab of his van causing him to brake suddenly.

Parker told the court: "I didn't see it as dangerous - I was only having a laugh."



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