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Police called to christening.

TWENTY uniformed police officers were unexpected guests at a baby's christening party when violence erupted.

Five people were arrested at the celebration, Cardiff Crown Court heard. In the dock were Glyndwr Garfield, 42, Joanne Garfield, 40, Richard Gar-field, 19 and Thomas Grif-fiths, 31, all of Glyn Teg, Bridgend, and Michael Tomlin, 46, of Penrhyn, Kenfig Hill.

Glyndwr Garfield pleaded guilty to affray and was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work.

The other four admitted a lesser public order breach and were conditionally discharged. All five were guests at the christening which was being celebrated at a house in Bettws, Bridgend, on April 6, 2014, said prosecutor David Elias.

Police were in the area on an unrelated matter when they heard a disturbance at 7.30pm.

Mr Elias told the court that an officer saw a man being restrained inside and tried to get in but was refused and told to f*** off by Glyndwr Garfield.

Thomas Griffiths then used his body to push the door against the officer before being taken outside and he was followed by others.

He added that the officers called for emergency help and 20 uniformed officers arrived.

Mr Elias said: "One drew his CS spray, shouted to Griffiths to stop and then sprayed and arrested him, at which point Glyndwr Garfield took exception and became physically involved with a number of the police.

"One officer was pushed to the chest and when Garfield was taken to the ground, sustaining injuries in a struggle with a number of officers, his son Richard Garfield grabbed some of them, pushing them away and was arrested too.

"Glyndwr Garfield's wife joined in, and grabbed the hair of a female officer, pulling her ponytail. Tomlin at first became involved just vocally but then grabbed an officer by the leg."

Discharging them, Judge David Wynn Morgan said: "No doubt none of you would have behaved the way you did if you had been sober. If a police officer knocks on the door hearing a disturbance what we should all do, is let him in."

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