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Shame of prince's Worcestershire youth role model
A DISGRACED youth jobs ambassador who met Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron got into a family street fight when a police officer was attacked and two police cars were vandalised.
Kirt Tabberer admitted a section four public order offence, the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour causing fear of unlawful violence, when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester.
The 22-year-old, of Little Hill, Droitwich, said he was the first job ambassador in the country for the Prince’s Trust, helping unemployed young people get into work. He has met celebrities, including pop star Will.i.am and entertainers Ant and Dec, but his reputation was in tatters after a dispute outside the Westcroft pub in Droitwich on Saturday, August 3.
Tabberer, who said he had met the Prince three to four times, said after his appearance: “I’m not that kind of person. I’m usually helping people who kick off at the police in their rehabilitation.”
His mother, Tracy Tabberer, aged 47, of Little Hill, Droitwich, admitted assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duties. At the same court hearing his cousin Ryan Bearcroft, 19, of Swan Drive, Droitwich, admitted assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty and criminal damage of unknown value to two police cars, a Vauxhall Astra and a BMW.
Kerry Brookes, prosecuting, said officers were called to reports of disorder sparked by an initial argument between Tracy Tabberer and her partner, David Halsall, who was seen with blood on his face when they arrived. The family had been out celebrating her 47th birthday.
Mrs Brookes said Mr Halsall was being followed by the group, all of whom appeared “drunk, agitated and aggressive”. When officers intervened, Tracy Tabberer became aggressive towards PC Richard Rees.
“She proceeded to kick him with full force to the groin, causing severe pain,” Mrs Brookes said. Bearcroft, her nephew, then tried to move towards the officer while further officers attempted to calm the situation down.
PC Rees deployed CS spray on Bearcroft who then spat on the officer which landed on the top of his stab vest. Bearcroft later jumped into the air and kicked one of the police cars, damaging a light, and pulled the wing mirror off another car.
Mrs Brookes said: “PC Rees has taken hold of Tracy Tabberer to arrest her for the earlier assault and she dug her nails into him causing scratches to his forearm.”
Kirt Tabberer then ran towards PC Reese with his fist raised as if he was going to punch the officer and shouted: “Don’t you touch her”. PC Rees said he found being spat on “disgusting” and described the incident as “prolonged, volatile and frightening”.
Paul Stanley, defending all three, said the two men had never been before the court before while Tracy Tabberer had a caution for assaulting a police officer in January 2004. He said Kirt Tabberer had ulcerative colitis and was worried about his own health and his mum’s after she had suffered an earlier heart attack.
He was also upset when he was pushed into a hedge by police. Mr Stanley said: “He’s on benefits but has done a great deal of voluntary work. He is part of the Prince’s Trust and was the country’s first jobs ambassador.
“He’s a young man who meets with Prince Charles and David Cameron. He suffered bullying at school and has turned his life around.” He said Bearcroft, a self-employed painter and decorator, had described himself as “eight out of 10” on a scale of drunkenness.
He said: “He caused no problems whatsoever until his mother was pushed and his aunt was in fear of her safety.” He said Tracy Tabberer had suffered a heart attack in May and repeatedly apologised to the police officer when she was being taken to the station.
Kirt Tabberer, who is unemployed, was fined £60, ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £20. Bearcroft was fined £75 for spitting on the officer, fined £110 for each of the cars he damaged and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the officer and £100 for the damage to the cars, a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £85. Tracy Tabberer was fined £110 for assault and ordered to pay compensation to the officer of £125, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Kirt Tabberer’s mother said after the hearing: “He’s done really well. Everyone said he was going to be a no-hoper but he proved them all wrong.”