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A thief who assaulted a shop worker and spat in the faces of two police officers has been jailed.

Connor Jones, 24, of Shelley Avenue, Canterbury, threw bottles of alcohol at the member of staff after being caught stealing.

Connor Jones from Canterbury has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police (54426660)
Connor Jones from Canterbury has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police (54426660)

He also urinated on his cell door after being brought into custody.

Jones was given a 360-day sentence at Folkestone Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The court hearing followed an investigation by Canterbury’s Victim Based Crime Team into a series of thefts from supermarkets around the city.

The investigation led to Jones being charged with stealing alcohol, mainly high-value bottles of spirits, worth a total of more than £1,900, between December 29, 2021, and January 9, 2022.

During one of the thefts, Jones was challenged by a member of staff outside a supermarket in Sturry Road.

"No police officer should have to put up with being treated the way Jones behaved"

He then threw bottles of alcohol towards the staff member, injuring the man's foot.

Jones was arrested on January 18 and spat in the face of the arresting officer.

After being brought into custody at Canterbury Police Station, he spat in the face of another officer and urinated on his cell door.

Jones was charged with and later admitted two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, one count of assault, one count of criminal damage and 13 counts of shoplifting.

PC AnnMarie Lucas, investigating officer for Canterbury's Victim Based Crime Team, said: "Kent Police will go after and bring to justice shoplifters whose crimes have a big impact on local businesses.

"I am pleased the number of offences we showed Jones had committed has led to this repeat offender being removed from the streets of Canterbury.

"No police officer should have to put up with being treated the way Jones behaved towards those who arrested him.

"The court has recognised the seriousness of his actions towards my colleagues and I hope the message sent out is clear: Assault police officers and you will go to jail.'"

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