The arrogant, selfish and moronic lockdown flouters of Stoke-on-Trent and beyond


We are now two months into lockdown, and as most of us have begun to accept the ‘new normal’, a few of us still can’t grasp the importance of social distancing.

The measure, which was introduced on March 26, stated that people must only leave their houses to buy essentials such as food and medical supplies, to help out those in need, and an hour of daily exercise, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

And while the restrictions have been eased somewhat, the two-metre rule remains in force.

Whilst the majority of us have been adapting our lives to these regulations, a few individuals have ignored them and sadly put themselves and others at risk.

We take a look back over the past two months to remind ourselves of those who didn’t take social distancing seriously in Stoke-on-Trent and beyond.

The angry Stoke-on-Trent shopper who racially abused six-year-old girl and mum in Tesco queue during coronavirus lockdown

Peter Haddon at a previous hearing

 

Angry Peter Haddon racially abused a six-year-old girl and her mum – as they queued to get into a supermarket during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 57-year-old was waiting to get inside Tesco, in Hanley on March 28 when he became confused and annoyed at the supermarket giant’s new rules – and took his anger out on the mother and daughter.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the store was only letting 50 customers inside at a time following the latest Government restrictions. 

Haddon, who is now living in Cobridge, was jailed for 42 days after pleading guilty to a charge of racially-aggravated harassment.

District Judge Kevin Grego said: “Haddon appeared to be under the influence of something and shouted ‘what the **** is this all about.

“There was a lady there with her young daughter and Haddon racially abused them. It was outrageous behaviour.

“If this was just effing and blinding you would have unnerved people and would have been fined.

“But the racial element means it crosses the custody threshold. Despite your record I hope you are ashamed of your behaviour. The court will not tolerate showing a difference to someone based on the colour of their skin.”

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The spurned-lover who was pepper-sprayed by police after ignoring lockdown to lurking by a bush close to ex’s home

Spurned lover Nathan Shaw was jailed after he failed to take a chance given to him by a court.

The 31-year-old had been handed a 12-month community order and a restraining order after he admitted harassment and contravening the coronavirus restrictions on movement by leaving his own address without good reason.

But within days he breached the order by going to the street where his ex partner lives in Metcalfe Road, Stanfield.

Police had to restrain the defendant using pava spray before he was arrested.

Shaw, , of High Street, Tunstall, was jailed for 16 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after pleading guilty to breaching a restraining order and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty.

District Judge Boswell said: “Your behaviour during the harassment, after you were bailed, and after you were sentenced to the community order, shows to me whatever order I make there is little prospect of you being rehabilitated by me suspending the sentence.”

Shaw was ordered to pay a £128 surcharge.

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The abusive neighbour from hell who shouted ‘I hope you and your wife get coronavirus and die’ in threat-riddled rant

Anthony Massey has been jailed after he breached a restraining order on three occasions

Abusive Anthony Massey was jailed after he told his neighbours he hopes they die of coronavirus.

The 56-year-old, who has a problem with alcohol, was made the subject of a three-year restraining order in September after his neighbours complained about his behaviour.

But just days later he breached the order by shouting that his neighbours would ‘reap what they had sewn’.

And his aggressive and abusive behaviour returned when he hurled abuse at his neighbour.

He was arrested and appeared at court on Saturday morning.

But within hours he breached the order again by shouting, ‘I hope you and your wife get coronavirus’.”

Massey, of Spode Street, Stoke, was jailed for 12 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after pleading guilty to three charges of breaching a restraining order.

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “You told the couple, ‘I hope you get it. I hope you get corona and die’.

“There is no reason for you to behave in that way. You have caused distress to your neighbours. It is so serious only a custodial sentence will do.”

Massey was ordered to pay a £128 surcharge.

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The patient with Covid-19 symptoms jailed for bringing up phlegm and deliberately coughing in nurse’s face

Patient Lance King was jailed after he deliberately coughed in the face of a nurse who was treating him.

The 30-year-old was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital as police were concerned for his welfare as he was displaying signs of Covid-19.

But his behaviour became erratic and he started moving around the A&E department.

He was told to get back in his cubicle by a staff nurse and a clinical support worker who were trying to keep a safe distance from him.

But he moved forward towards the nurse and intentionally coughed in her face.

He then started to make a noise in his throat as if he was about to bring up something and spit at her colleague.

In another sickening move, he laughed as he moved closer to her.

And he then urinated all over the floor when they closed the cubicle.

King, of Beverley Drive, Bentilee, was jailed for 12 months at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after pleading guilty to two offences of assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage.

District Judge Kevin Grego said: “There are occasions when unusual circumstances, under extreme circumstances, call for an extraordinary approach, and this is one of those occasions.

“Whatever your circumstances were, whether you felt paranoid, or miserable or fed up, you should not have been out in any event to behave in the way you did towards emergency workers.”

The Stoke-on-Trent woman jailed after coughing at emergency workers

A Stoke-on-Trent woman was jailed after deliberately coughing in the face of emergency workers.

Nicola Tilstone was locked up for 27 weeks after being charged with assaulting police and paramedics by deliberately coughing six times.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the incident began when officers were called to King Street, Fenton, on April 9.

The 37-year-old, of no fixed address, had been staying at the Crown Hotel, in Longton, due to the pandemic – and had been spotted banging into cars and wandering in the road. She appeared to be intoxicated or in a ‘psychotic’ state.

As emergency workers tried to get a mask on Tilstone, she began coughing and was told in ‘robust terms’ by a police officer to stop doing it.

She refused to put the mask on.

The ambulance then arrived at hospital and Tilstone was taken into the ‘red zone’, where she continued to cough.

She went on to plead guilty to four counts of assaulting an emergency worker. The victims included three police constables and a paramedic.

Judge David Fletcher told the defendant: “You can see when you look at the footage just how much effort, work time and resources were taken up that night in dealing with you – an extremely difficult person.”

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The patient on Royal Stoke’s coronavirus ward who deliberately coughed in nurse’s face

A hospital patient who was displaying the signs of coronavirus was jailed after she deliberately coughed at a nurse.

Penelope Russell was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital as she was suffering with a bad cough and breathing problems on March 31.

The 51-year-old was placed in an area set up for patients displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

She was given a mask and put in a side room where swabs were taken to test for the killer disease.

But Russell left the room and in the corridor she had her mask down when she deliberately coughed in the direction of a nurse who was telling her to get back in the room.

The defendant, of Beaconsfield Drive, Blurton, denied assaulting an emergency worker in the execution of her duty but was found guilty after a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

The conviction placed her in breach of a 14-week suspended jail sentence and she was jailed for a total of 40 weeks.

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “I am sure Russell was angry and aggressive. She deliberately put herself close to her victim. I cannot be sure she deliberately pulled it (the mask) down. I am sure she deliberately did not have it (her mouth) covered and was deliberately shouting and coughing, in effect, in her face.

“The coughing may have been involuntary coughing but by putting herself in a position with the mask down, so close to the nurse, she was deliberately coughing in her face.”

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The yob who boasted ‘I’ve got corona’ as he coughed in coppers’ faces

Yob Mark Jones was jailed after he coughed at police and told officers he had Covid-19.

The 41-year-old, who has an extensive criminal record with about 140 offences, was arrested for breaching a non-molestation order.

But when in custody he told officers he had coronavirus and started to cough in an exaggerated manner.

And he moved his head backwards and forwards in what officers believed was a deliberate act to infect them with the virus.

Jones, of Brace Street, Walsall, was jailed for 68 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after pleading guilty to breaching a non-molestation order and two offences of assaulting an emergency worker by beating.

District Judge Kevin Grego told the defendant: “If you have Covid-19 then your behaviour is utterly disgraceful. The mere threat you have it is enough to inflict psychological harm on these officers.

“Emergency workers do not come to work each day to protect society or keep them well so they can be physically abused by the likes of you.”

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The man who coughed in a police officer’s face during lockdown row


 

A man claiming to have Covid-19 coughed in the face of a police officer and elbowed another after a lockdown row.

Biker Sean Pearson travelled to Redhill Road, Chadsmoor, and began arguing with officers after he learned another motorcyclist was being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The 31-year-old, who was not involved in the initial incident, was advised to return to his nearby home in Chadsmoor but he refused and continued to row with the officers.

After asking for his details, the officers began to detain Pearson who elbowed one of them in face as he was being arrested.

And, once in custody, he claimed he had contracted coronavirus before coughed in the face of a second officers.

Pearson was subsequently charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency service worker, which he pleaded guilty to via video link at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today.

He was been jailed for 32 weeks.

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The disgraceful man jailed for deliberately spitting and coughing at police amid coronavirus pandemic

‘Disgraceful’ Liam Terry was jailed after he deliberately coughed and spat at police as he was arrested.

The 31-year-old was being detained for being drunk and disorderly when he became abusive.

After shouting insults, he then covered the officers in spit and repeatedly coughed in their faces.

Terry, of Cronkinson Oak, Nantwich, was locked up for eight months following the shocking incident in Maplins Moss Place, Crewe, on Monday (March 30).

Chief Constable Darren Martland, of Cheshire Police, branded  Terry a ‘disgrace’.

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The shoplifting yob who shouted ‘I’ve got Covid-19’ and spat in security guard’s face as he was wrestled to floor outside Stoke-on-Trent Aldi

Shoplifter Craig Foster deliberately spat at a security guard and boasted about having coronavirus as he was wrestled to the ground outside a supermarket.

The 40-year-old was detained after he walked out of Aldi in  Tunstall with £88.87 worth of meat without paying.

While on the floor he said, ‘I have Covid 19’, and spat in the security officer’s face with the saliva landing on his cheek.

Foster, of no fixed address, was jailed for 26 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after pleading guilty to using threatening words or behaviour, two offences of shop theft and two offences of assault.

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “Those who are involved in security work need to know if they are assaulted in this way the court will impose sentences of immediate custody at the top of its powers.”

The drunk woman who started pulling her trousers down in the street, spat at police vehicle and attacked three officers

Drunken Claire Wilson was jailed after she assaulted three police officers.

The 46-year-old kicked out and scratched officers when they arrested her in Stafford on May 19.

She also spat at a police vehicle but there was no suggestion she spat at any of the officers.

Wilson, of no fixed address, was jailed for 14 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “You were behaving in a disorderly manner. The police sought to arrest you and when they did arrest you, you behaved appallingly.

“There is no suggestion you spat at or on any police officers but it is an unpleasant aggravating feature, certainly during the current climate of Covid-19.

“The harm lies in the fear that was caused to them by your spitting and your scratches. They feared the possibility of infection. It is so serious only immediate custody is justified.”

Wilson was ordered to pay a £128 surcharge.

The ‘arrogant’ neighbours who ignored lockdown and threw an all-day house party

Jamie Sparrow and Helen Bent share a laugh as they leave court

Neighbours who breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions by throwing an all-day house party appeared in court.

Jamie Sparrow told police he could ‘do what he wants’ after he was ordered to break up the gathering at his home on Princess Avenue in Kearsley,  Bolton.

Officers were called to the house on April 15 after a complaint from a nurse who lived on the street.

A disturbance then broke out in the street after Sparrow’s next door neighbour Helen Brent directed a torrent of abuse at the woman who had complained.

Bent, 32, and Sparrow, 28, were arrested and spent a night in the cells before appearing at the  Manchester Magistrates court  the day after.

The pair pleaded guilty to charges of a breach of peace and contravening a requirement as to restriction of movement.

Bent and Sparrow were fined £120 and £250 respectively and were both ordered to pay £119 court costs.

The teenager who ran up behind a retired woman and coughed on her – because he ‘thought it was funny’

A teenager has walked free from court after deliberately coughing towards a retired woman and shouting ‘corona’ at her – because he ‘thought it was funny’.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had run up behind the woman who was walking on her own in Ashton town centre last month.

The woman, aged 67, described hearing the footsteps of someone running up behind her as she walked down an alleyway, Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

Turning around, she spotted the boy, who coughed directly towards her.

She said she could feel his breath and the moisture on her face.

The boy then shouted ‘corona’ at her.

After asking him why he had just done that, the boy replied: “I thought it was funny”.

At an earlier hearing the boy pleaded guilty to one count of assault.

He was sentenced to a 12 month youth rehabilitation order, 12 month supervision order and was ordered to pay £22 victim surcharge.

The ‘stroppy’ prisoner jailed after coughing and spitting at police during coronavirus lockdown

Prisoner Karl Quayle was jailed after he deliberately coughed in the face of one police officer and spat at another – during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 35-year-old also bent back the thumb of a third officer after he was moved to another cell.

The defendant had been arrested in the early hours of April 12 and was taken to the Northern Area Custody Facility in Etruria.

But he later became ‘truculent’ and deliberately coughed in a sergeant’s face and spat at another officer with the spit landing near his eye.

And when Quayle was found with a quantity of amphetamine in his sock he lashed out at the third officer and bent his thumb back.

The defendant, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug and denied three offences of assaulting an emergency worker by beating.

 But he was convicted of all three charges after a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre and jailed for 12 months.

District Judge Kevin Grego said: “I have no doubt you chose spitting as the most offensive way to treat the officers. I have no difficulty in finding truth in what the officers say rather than what you assert.

“Prisoners who are violent should understand the court will not tolerate this behaviour.”

The man who was fined £500 for repeatedly flouting the social distancing rules outside Tesco

Steven Mackie

A man has been fined £500 for repeatedly flouting social distancing rules outside a supermarket.

Police took jobless Steven Mackie home after he had been getting too close to queueing shoppers outside Tesco in  Stalybridge  – even though he did not appear to need any provisions himself.

He returned 15 minutes later and again got too close to the queue of shoppers.

Mackie was arrested and was among the first people in the country to be prosecuted under emergency legislation introduced by the government to prevent the further spread of coronavirus on March 30.

He apologised to magistrates, who fined him £500, and denied he had been ‘quite happy to kill people’.

Mackie, 53, of Stamford Street, Stalybridge, Tameside pleaded guilty to an offence under the Health Regulations 2020 at Stockport Magistrates Court.

He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £135 costs. He agreed to pay off the fine at £5 per week.

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The woman who ‘kept falling over in public’ and exposing people to risk of coronavirus

A woman has been jailed after ‘pretending to fall over’ at a Superdrug store and ‘exposing the emergency services and members of the public to risk’ during the coronavirus crisis.

Louise Adam, 58, had already been hauled before the courts for assaulting a nurse and two security guards at the Royal Bolton Hospital on April 4th.

She was spared prison for that behaviour following a hearing on Monday, but was back out offending on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Now she’s been locked up for 22 weeks.

Addressing Adam, District Judge Margaret McCormack said: “You have managed to stay away from the courts for a considerable time.

“That’s no doubt why you were given an opportunity on Monday (April 6th).

“Almost immediately afterwards here you are exposing the emergency services and members of the public to risk of harm by your behaviour, which was sustained.”

Adam, of Haydock Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to one offence of causing a public nuisance.

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The man who ‘walked into the arms’ of a police officer after being caught hanging out with his mates on a green

A man who was caught hanging out on a green with a group of friends has been fined for breaking lockdown rules.

Hamza Ali, of Burlington Street,  Ashton-under-Lyne, was among a group of adults seen hanging about on Millenium Green, St Peters on March 30.

According to a post on the Tameside South Greater Manchester Police page, officers initially spoke to the group to remind them of the government measures in place but they ran off and returned a short time later.

The police officers came back to the green and detained two members of the group for the offence of contravening a requirement as to the restriction of movement during an emergency period.

Ali, 20, then accidentally walked into one of the officer’s arms.

He refused to give his details to police and was arrested, before being remanded to appear at  Stockport Magistrates Court  on March 31st.

Ali pleaded guilty to contravening a requirement as to the restriction of movement during an emergency movement and was ordered to pay £217 in fines and costs.

The vile thug who spar in a police officer’s eye

Vile Temisan Oritsejafor spat at a police officer as she and colleagues arrested him following a disorder in a block of flats.

Bodyworn footage shows thug n Oritsejafor launching the despicable attack against PC Annie Napier in Coventry on April 18 – when he was already on bail for assaulting another officer just weeks earlier.

The spit, which contained blood, went into the police officer’s eye, who remained professional despite understandably panicking given the current Covid-19 concerns.

Thankfully she suffered no ill-effects and is still on active duty, reports BirminghamLive.

She said: “As frontline officers, we know that we put ourselves in potential danger, but we now face the added risk of Covid-19 infection which then also puts our families at risk.

“It’s a shock when someone spits in your face and very unpleasant, so I’m pleased the force and the courts take these assaults so seriously.”

Oritsejafor, who was arrested in Attoxhall Road, Wyken, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on an emergency worker, and a further charge of assault.

The 41-year-old, of Attoxhall Road, was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at Warwick Crown Court at a later date.





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