A man who assaulted police officers and a shop manager after stealing from a Crewe sports shop has been sentenced.
Connor Lamph, 22, from Nutfield Avenue in Crewe pleaded guilty to theft, violence with injury, assault with intent to resist arrest, assaulting a constable and racially aggravated section 4A public order at Crewe Magistrates Court on 17 October.
Lamph was sentenced to prison for 16 weeks suspended for 24 months. He was also ordered to carry out unpaid work for 100 hours within the next twelve months and pay compensation to the shop and to the victims of assault and racially aggravated public order.
On 3 October Lamph had been caught shoplifting by the manager of the store in Grand Junction Retail Park who confronted him. Lamph suddenly punched him before running off towards the town centre.
Staff alerted police who made a search of the area and located Lamph. While arresting him the officers were assaulted, and while being transported to custody, Lamph then went on to racially abuse one of the officers.
DI Claire Jesson said: “Lamph’s actions against my officers and the store manager were disgraceful, I find it incredibly upsetting that my staff are faced with such dangers from a small number of people within our community, a community they strive hard to serve and protect.
“I am really pleased with the sentence in this case and I think it shows a strong message from both the police and the courts that this behaviour will not be tolerated - Lamph was very lucky to avoid going to jail.
“Police officers are human beings, we hurt and have feelings the same as everyone else and deserve to be able to go home to our families at the end of a shift safely and without visible injuries.
“Let this be a strong message to anyone out there who feels it’s acceptable to cause harm to my staff, either physically or mentally, with verbal insults or racial abuse we will ensure you are brought to justice.”