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Fleetwood man jailed after multiple lockdown breaches

A Fleetwood man who was fined six times for coronavirus lockdown breaches has now been jailed after admitting threatening a police officer.

Jack Jones shouted homophobic abuse and tried to run away after being stopped for a seventh time by plain clothed officers.

Pava spray had to be used to be used to calm him down.

The 20-year-old, from Grange Road in the town, was sent to prison for 12 weeks by Blackpool magistrates. 

District Judge Jane Goodwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, told him: ”With six fixed penalty it is no wonder you came to the attention of the police.”

Jones admitted threatening behaviour towards the officers and illegally possessing a cannabis joint.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that Jones had initially clashed with one police officer as he walked down the street. He was questioning Jones about breaching Covid regulations.

The officer was worried about his own safety and called for back-up.When his colleague arrived Jones tried to run off .

Steven Townley, defending, said: ”He has had six fixed penalty notices all of which he has put in the bin.

“He believes he was being targeted by police even though he was only going to the shop for food or for a walk on the Esplanade.

“He would suddenly surrounded by officers and kept thinking he was being picked on.

“This time he lost the plot.He accepts using homophobic language  but it was just off the cuff.He knows the officers are not gay or transgender.”

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