Shop thief attacked bobby

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A DRUNKEN yob assaulted a policewoman trying to arrest him for theft.

Wigan magistrates heard Dale Hilton slapped the officer across the face when she tried to detain him for stealing a magazine.

Hilton, of Broom Road, Worsley Hall, and Dale Raw had been to a newsagent’s on Larch Avenue, Pemberton, and abused and threatened to hurt a staff member who repeatedly asked them to stop swearing in front of young children. The court heard Hilton, 25, then selected a magazine and left the shop without paying.

When he was spotted by officers, he then pushed forward and slapped the female constable who got out of the vehicle to detain him and made his escape, with Raw also inflicting injuries to her wrist.

He initially admitted theft but denied assaulting a constable and using threatening words and behaviour, but decided to plead guilty to all three offences before a trial could begin.

Ged Frazer, defending, said Hilton had admitted drinking heavily on the day in question and was sorry for his actions, even though he remembered none of it.

“Clearly nobody deserves to be assaulted while they are doing their job, and he apologises.”

The court was told Hilton already has an outstanding programme of unpaid work to complete with the probation service, which he had been unable to start as he had damaged his knee. He was given a 22-week curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am and ordered to pay £75 in compensation to the officer and £4 to the shop for the magazine.

Raw was taken to Liverpool Crown Court where he was jailed for his part in the incident and also ordered to serve a previous suspended sentence.