A Sheffield man who assaulted a police officer shouted ‘have some infection you f***ing b**tard.’

A Sheffield man was sentenced today after being arrested for possession of a six inch blade and assaulting a police officer whilst being heavily intoxicated.

Eric Kitteridge, 49, of Stradbroke Road had ulcers on his left leg during the incident and showed Sheffield Magistrates Court the dressed wound.

Prosecuting lawyer John Kavanagh said: “Kitteridge shouted at the officers ‘have some infection you f***ing b**tard.”

Hester Russell, defending, said Kitteridge found the knife in the snow before he went to a friend’s house where he was given a fizzy drink which had more alcohol than he had thought.

He then went to the Co-op in Woodhouse, Chapel Street, where police found him.

Mr Kavanagh told the court that police saw Kitteridge put something in his mouth as they arrested him.

Police attempted to recover the item they believed Kitteridge had swallowed, but Kitteridge began to resist and kicked his legs towards the officers.

The defence said Kitteridge thrashed about but had no intention of harming the officers when he was arrested.

Kitteridge and his defence both told the court his ulcerated wound was dressed at the time of the incident.

Kitteridge said: “There was no gunk coming out at the time. I’m doing my best to stay out of trouble and I’m not on drugs now.”

Ms Russell said: “Kitteridge is a collector, he has items that he wishes to sell to museums to raise a bit of money.

“He saw the blade and believed it was a brand worth keeping. He had no intention of using the blade to harm.”

Mr Simmonite, chair of the magistrates’ bench, delivered Kitteridge a 12 month suspended sentence.