Doncaster man jailed after threatening council staff

Date published: 20 September 2021 12:28
Dated: 20 September 2021 13:24:52

A Doncaster man who hurled abuse at council staff last year was jailed for 10 months on Friday (17 September).

Phillip Hartley, 38, of Christ Church Road, was arrested on Thursday 9 September, after he failed to attend Doncaster Magistrates Court to stand trial the previous day (Wednesday).

Hartley had been due to stand trial for causing harassment, alarm or distress, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour causing another person harassment, alarm or distress.

The charge relates to an incident in Doncaster in October last year when he made abusive comments towards staff from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. He was found guilty in his absence and a warrant issued for his arrest.

Hartley was sentenced to ten months in prison at Sheffield Crown Court last week.

Speaking after the sentencing, Doncaster Central Inspector Mark Payling said: “Hartley was arrested the morning after the warrant was issued by the courts after he failed to attend his trial.

“I hope this further demonstrates our commitment to making the town centre a welcoming place for all. Abusive and disorderly behaviour has no place in the town centre and will not be tolerated.”

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