Greggs baguette thief from Cambs attacked officers in ‘pointless violence’

A 44-year-old thief has landed himself a prison sentence and a fine for biting, kicking and punching the officers who arrested him when he was caught stealing a baguette from Greggs, in Long Causeway, Peterborough on June 8.

Initially, he cooperated with the officers, handed over the food and allowed officers to handcuff him. However, he quickly became violent, pushing the arresting officer hard to the chest, almost knocking him over, before twisting the handcuffs in an attempt to get away. At one point, McKie soon threw his head towards one of the officers and made biting motions..

McKie continued to try to push the officer over and was eventually restrained on the ground, although he still managed to punch and kick the officer. When the officer’s colleague came to help McKie proceeded to punch, kick and headbutt the other in the torso, all the time being verbally abusive. When he eventually calmed down, officers took him into custody.

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PC Kirsty Brodie, from Peterborough Police, said: “As police officers we do not come to work to be assaulted and I am pleased McKie is now behind bars where hopefully he can reflect on his actions.

“He was being arrested for an offence for which he paid a small amount of compensation but the pointless violence he then showed to my colleagues has rightly landed him with a more severe sentence”.

One officer received small cuts and grazes to his right hand, right elbow and shin, whilst the other suffered grazes to his left knee. On Monday, McKie, of Bushfield Court, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, was sentenced to seven weeks in prison at Cambridge Crown Court and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128, having pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker.

For the theft of the baguette and a goujon, McKie was ordered to pay £6.15 in compensation to Greggs at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court in June.

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