Thug on re­lease caught with screw­driver in pants

Burger King job losses warn­ing

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CON­NOR GORDON

A THUG out on early re­lease from prison who was snared with a screw­driver down his trousers was jailed yes­ter­day for 20 months.

Wil­liam Craw­ford, 34, was caught by po­lice lung­ing for­ward to head butt a man in Glas­gow’s Go­van area in May this.

Glas­gow Sher­iff Court heard of­fi­cers had ini­tially spot­ted him ar­gu­ing with the man and bran­dish­ing the weapon.

Craw­ford put the screw­driver into the waist­band of his trousers be­fore he was ar­rested by the of­fi­cers.

Prose­cu­tor Mark Al­lan said: “Craw­ford told of­fi­cers: ‘get your hands off me, I can’t go to jail I’m on li­cence’. A screw­driver was then re­cov­ered from the waist­band of his trousers.”

Craw­ford pleaded guilty yes­ter­day dur­ing the trial to be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the screw­driver in a pub­lic place.

Lawyer Stephen Bent­ley, de­fend­ing, told the court Craw­ford “firmly re­gret­ted” his ac­tions.

Sher­iff Joan Kerr im­posed 13 months for the screw­driver of­fence and also told the dad-oftwo to com­plete the un­served seven months of his pre­vi­ous sen­tence.

BURGER King UK’s boss has warned that up to 1,600 jobs could be lost as a re­sult of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Only about 370 of the restau­rant chain’s 530 UK stores have re­opened since the na­tion went into lock­down.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Alas­dair Mur­doch said that the eco­nomic dam­age stem­ming from the cri­sis could ul­ti­mately force the com­pany to per­ma­nently close up to 10% of its stores.

He said: “It’s not just us – I think this ap­plies to every­one out there in our in­dus­try.”

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