A Redruth man shouted "let's have it" before assaulting two police officers.

David Pendrick, 36, of Cardrew Terrace, pleaded guilty to two separate charges relating to the assaults.

He appeared at Truro Magistrates Court on Monday where he was sentenced to a community order.

Prosecuting, Alison May described how Pendrick had turned up at his partner's house on July 23 smelling of liquor.

An argument ensued and police were called. Two officers attended and suggested that Pendrick go to his mother's address, but he became increasingly argumentative.

He squared up to the police officers with his fists clenched, and the male sergeant pushed him back fearing that he would attack.

The sergeant tried to take hold of the defendant to handcuff him but Pendrick grabbed hold of the officer's stab vest and bent his wrist behind his back.

He also grabbed the female PC's hand and would not let go for around thirty seconds.

Pendrick was told three times to let go of the PC's hand and replied 'no' before eventually releasing it.

He was restrained on the floor and arrested. The PC was not able to take part in the arrest because of the pain she was in and she later said in a statement that she "comes to work and doesn't expect to be assaulted".

Her index finger was twisted and sore for some time afterwards.

Defending Pendrick, Jon Holmes spoke about how his client had been a regular drinker since the age of 14.

He had undertaken alcohol treatment programmes including a stay in Boswyns detox centre in February this year and has been signed off sick from work.

Mr Holmes spoke about how Pendrick suffers from mental health issues and has referred himself to therapy service Outlook South West.

Magistrates sentenced the defendant to a six month community order with an eight-week electronic curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am to end on October 28.

He must also undertake a court-ordered alcohol treatment programme.