Teenager spat at police officer

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AN 18-YEAR-OLD man, who was targeted by police as part of a new operation, has been given a community order after attacking an officer.

Sam Delo, of Stanningfield Road, Great Whelnetham, spat at a detective constable and directed racially abusive language at him after he was arrested for damaging two cars, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard.

Delo has been monitored and followed by police as part of Operation Apache which gives ‘prolific offenders’ the chance to talk to agencies to give them support.

He admitted racially aggravated assault, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and damaging a Honda Civic and Citroen Saxo on February 2.

Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett said Delo was ‘heavily intoxicated’ when he smashed the cars’ windows and damaged their bodywork with another person in Friars Lane, Bury.

After he was arrested, he spat at the police officer three times and used racially abusive language.

He was taken to Bury police station and made a number of threatening comments towards officers.

Paul Booty, in mitigation, said: “He is ashamed and remorseful for what he’s done. He’s let himself down very badly. It was all down to drink.”

When sentencing Delo, magistrates revoked an 18 month community order and he was given a two year community order with supervision and unpaid work for 80 hours.