Castleford: Poundland queue-jumper sentenced to six months for COVID-related offences

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A man who tried to jump the queue at Castleford's Poundland was sentenced to six months in prison at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday (16 April) for COVID-related offences.

On 14 April, Darren Swain (57) became aggressive and abusive to staff who were supervising a queue of shoppers at the Albion Street store, allowing only a restricted number into the shop at any one time to ensure social distancing.

Swain attempted to jump the queue, and when prevented by staff, coughed theatrically into the air close to them and to nearby members of the public. He then gargled and spat in the direction of a female staff member, and laughed. When police officers arrived at the scene, he spat at them also.

Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: “Swain’s behaviour was both disgusting and dangerous. His actions potentially endangered not only members of the public who were patiently waiting their turn in the queue, but also the staff at Poundland, and the police officers who attended; all of whom were attempting to carry out their duties in challenging circumstances.

“Swain has now been sentenced to six months in prison. I hope this will act as a stern deterrent to anyone who is contemplating behaving in such a socially irresponsible manner.”

Notes to editors

  • Darren Swain (12/8/62)
  • Charges: Common Assault, Common Assault on an emergency worker x2.

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