A man who spat at a police officer after being stopped to be given advice about social distancing for COVID-19 has been jailed for 26 weeks.
David Mott (pictured), 40, of no fixed address, appeared at Blackburn magistrates yesterday (March 25th) where he was sentenced for offences including using threatening behaviour towards a police officer.
Mott was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a controlled class B drug. He was arrested after being stopped whilst out in a group following the Government guidelines to stay at home.
Officers carried out the stop and check on Green Lane, Padiham, on a vehicle containing three individuals, including Mott, on March 24th around 1.45am when Mott became abusive 'coughing and spitting' at the officers on several occasions.
Mott was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to all three charges. The court stated that this was a 'particularly offensive and dangerous public order offence at this particular time coughing and spitting towards an officer'.
Sgt Linda Haywood from Lancashire Police said: “We as police officers are here to protect the public and should not be exposed to unnecessary risks in doing so by mindless acts such as Mr Mott displayed. It is good to see that the court are taking these types of incidents seriously.”
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• A 23-year-old man from Accrington who was in Mott’s company at the time of the incident also received a penalty notice for disorder.