Magistrate quits in fear

A MAGISTRATE has resigned because he fears physical attack from defendants or their hangers-on.

Alan King, chairman of the West Norfolk bench, says open intimidation of prosecution solicitors and witnesses, and contempt for the authority of Justices of the Peace, is rife in courtrooms.

King says the police at Norfolk's magistrates' courts have been replaced by security firm Group 4 guards who only have powers to restrain prisoners in the dock, as a result of budget cuts in 1995.

Daily Mail