Essex

West Ham's James Tomkins fined over police assault

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Image caption James Tomkins had played against Manchester United earlier

A Premier League footballer has been fined for assaulting a police officer outside an Essex nightclub.

West Ham defender James Tomkins, 25, was refused entry to the Sugar Hut in Brentwood on 21 December last year, and security staff called police.

Tomkins pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable, being drunk and disorderly in public and obstructing a police constable.

He has been fined £3,500 for the assault.

'Blot on character'

Chair of the bench at Southend Magistrates' Court, Martin Everett, told him: "It is a late guilty plea but it has saved the court a trial and witnesses".

"This is a blot on your character," he said.

He added he had "no doubt" that West Ham "will take their own action" to punish him.

Tomkins, of Hutton Mount, Shenfield, was also ordered to pay £3,785 in court costs, £200 compensation to the police constable and a £120 victim surcharge.

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