Man jailed after abusing Chester city centre shop workers and assaulting a police officer Date published: 12th February 2019 1.59pm

A man who tried to bite a police officer and verbally abused shop staff has been sentenced to more than two years in prison and banned from Chester City Centre for five years.

James Fox, 27, of no fixed address appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday 8 February to be sentenced to 27 months. He was also given a restraining order not to be within the city walls of Chester.

At an earlier hearing he admitted two counts of theft, affray and assaulting an emergency worker.

On 6 January Fox began his morning by threatening to rob a jewellery shop and abusing staff at a coffee chain in the city centre while waiting for a food order. He also stole a bottle of wine from Sainsburys in Watergate Street.

Due to the calls made by a number of shops complaining about his behaviour, officers located Fox and on searching him, discovered a wallet on him which had been stolen from a car parked on Grange Road in Chester the previous day. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of a number of offences.

While he was being transported to custody in the police car he tried to bite an officer who was in the back of the car with him and continued to be threatening and abusive while in custody.

DC Carl Humphries said: “Fox’s behaviour shows complete disregard for law abiding citizens working in the city and has culminated in the judge giving him a restraining order.

“His behaviour on the day showed he had no regard for the staff working in the coffee chain or jewellery shop, or the officer carrying out her lawful duties. People working, living or visiting Chester should feel safe from harm and shouldn’t have to put up with being intimidated, threatened or at risk of theft. I hope that now Fox is behind bars, and banned from the city centre, people feel that justice has been done and feel reassured we are there to protect them from people like him.”