Man who stole PC’s watch is sent to prison

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMAN has been jailed af­ter steal­ing a po­lice­man’s watch and car­ry­ing a blade con­cealed in a lighter.

Ju­lian Peel, 34, swiped the watch which had fallen off the wrist of PC Kevin Er­ring­ton while he was ar­rest­ing another man, Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates heard.

When po­lice caught the de­fen­dant the next day, he was found car­ry­ing a lighter with a but­ton which flipped out a twoinch blade.

The de­fen­dant, of New­ton Street, Mac­cles­field, said he was drunk when he took the watch and that he hadn’t re­alised his nov­elty lighter was a weapon, but pleaded guilty to car­ry­ing the blade and steal­ing the watch.

Peel ad­mit­ted theft and pos­sess­ing a blade in a public place.

He was jailed as a re­sult of break­ing the con­di­tions of a sus­pended prison sen­tence im­posed ear­lier this year.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne, said: “PC Er­ring­ton was on Roe Street in re­la­tion to a wanted man who was stand­ing with the de­fen­dant.

“The de­fen­dant made a com­ment about his watch and asked how much it cost.

“There was a strug­gle be­tween PC Er­ring­ton and the wanted man and the watch fell onto the pave- ment. He con­tin­ued to re­strain the man and couldn’t see the watch on the ground.

“Another of­fi­cer ar­rived to as­sist and the de­fen­dant asked to leave.

“PC Er­ring­ton watched CCTV which showed the watch was picked up by the de­fen­dant.

“He was seen on Sa­muel Street and found to have a knife dis­guised as a lighter, with a but­ton used to flick the knife into a locked po­si­tion.

“He said he couldn’t re­mem­ber much about tak­ing the watch but ad­mit­ted steal­ing it and threw it into a bush be­cause he didn’t want it.”

De­fend­ing, Lesley Her­man, re­minded mag­is­trates Peel had en­tered prompt guilty pleas.

She said: “It was op­por­tunis­tic. The watch fell off and he took it, he was very drunk.

“He said the lighter was a nov­elty item, his daugh­ter bought it for him for fa­ther’s day.

“It’s small and hap­pens to have a lit­tle blade, but be­cause it’s lock­able it makes it a weapon and he didn’t re­alise this.

“He’s work­ing full time and liv­ing with his mum, so things have been look­ing bet­ter for him.”

Mag­is­trates im­posed the eight-week prison sen­tence which was sus­pended in Fe­bru­ary and gave him an ad­di­tional four weeks in jail, £80 vic­tim sur­charge, £180 court charges and £30 com­pen­sa­tion for the watch.

●● Mac­cles­field born Garry Wykes re­ceives the Free­dom of the City of Lon­don

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