Yob behind bars after threats

A YOB banned from all railway stations in the country is behind bars today after threatening police in Stowmarket.Andrew Sophocleous, 37, of no fixed abode, admitted threatening two officers in Cherry Tree Road on July 28, even though he was on conditional discharge for shoplifting.

A YOB banned from all railway stations in the country is behind bars today after threatening police in Stowmarket.

Andrew Sophocleous, 37, of no fixed abode, admitted threatening two officers in Cherry Tree Road on July 28, even though he was on conditional discharge for shoplifting.

He was sentenced to five days in prison.

In June Sophocleous was hit with an antisocial behaviour order banning him from all stations in England and Wales after terrifying two women on a train.

On Tuesday Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court heard that police were called to a disturbance in the street on July 28.

Kevin Lowson, prosecuting said: "Sophocleous was there with a woman who wasn't very happy and was shouting at him. When the woman was arrested after she would not clam down, the defendant and said 'If you are going to arrest her you are going to have to arrest me as well.'"

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Sophocleous goaded the police officer by saying 'come on then, I'll have you."

The court heard a police officer shouted at him to get back and pushed Sophocleous in the chest. When he approached again the other officer sprayed him with CS gas.

Sophocleous also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge for shoplifting on June 24.

David Stewart, mitigating, said: "Sophocleous admits he was abusive and insulting to officers. He spent last night in the cells and has been in prison for seven days. I think a fine or a day in custody would fit the severity of the crime."

However the magistrates did not agree and sentenced Sophocleous to five days in prison.

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