Wigan thief who attacked arresting officer given suspended jail sentence

A thief who attacked a policeman who arrested him for shoplifting has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 2:55 pm

Shaun Cleworth, 36, of Orchard Street, Wigan, appeared before borough justices to admit stealing £66.79 worth of items from B&M Bargains in Leigh then to assaulting a PC Hulme who came to detain him.

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The hearing was told that the offences - on October 27 last year - had been committed while Cleworth was the subject of a suspended sentence. The bench sentenced him to 20 weeks in custody but suspended the term again for 12 months. He must also complete 20 days of rehabilitation activities and pay a fine, compensation, costs and a victim services surcharge totalling £363.

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Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court