$600 fine for British man claiming to be Ryan Giggs

A BRITISH man who told police he was soccer legend Ryan Giggs and he was going to embarrass them on TV for illegally arresting him has apologised to a court, saying he was "appalled" by his actions.

John Martin Gerard Richardson, 31, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to creating a public nuisance and failing to provide police with his correct identification.

On the night of June 20, an unmarked police car was driving along Brisbane Rd, Booval where officers observed two men walking on the footpath.

One of them suddenly ran out onto the road with his arm lifted into the air as if he had something he was going to throw at passing cars.

The officers saw the man run further and further onto the road, causing cars to swerve to avoid him.

They pulled over and stopped him, however, before they could speak to him he demanded the officers show him their official identification, which they did.

However, when asked to provide his own identification he refused.


Richardson told the officers he had no ID on him and said he knew the law and did not have to tell them his name. When the officers told him it was an offence to not provide correct identification when directed to by police he told them his name was "Ryan Giggs" and he was from Manchester.

Ryan Giggs is a Manchester United soccer legend, having played 672 games for the club and acting as their interim coach this year.

When he was arrested Richardson repeatedly told police they hadn't identified themselves and he was being illegally arrested. He told them he was going to "embarrass them on Channel 9" and he knew his rights as a British citizen.

Richardson told the court he was ashamed of what he'd done, and had great respect for the emergency service and had worked alongside ambulance officers.

"I'm totally appalled and ashamed by my behaviour on that night," he said.

"It was totally out of character."

The court heard he hadn't sworn or abused police during the arrest.

Magistrate Andrew Cridland said he accepted Richardson was remorseful, and had very little criminal history, and fined him $600.

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