Man who stole from Ripley shop and spat at police jailed

Daniel Small
Daniel Small

A man who stole gin from a Ripley shop has been jailed, after being arrested by police thanks to a Shopwatch radio alert.

Daniel Small, 43, formerly of Chesterfield Road, Alfreton, pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of gin from The Cooperative store.

Officers from the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team were alerted to the incident on Wednesday, March 1 by a report through the Shopwatch radio system.

Small was stopped on Moseley Street in Ripley a short while after and was arrested. He became abusive towards officers after being arrested, and spat at one of them.

He was further arrested for assaulting a police officer, and was later charged with both offences.

Magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre sentenced Small to four weeks in prison for the theft, and nine weeks jail for assaulting a police constable at the hearing on Thursday, March 2. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

Any retailers who are interested in becoming part of the Amber Valley Shop Watch scheme should contact Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership on 01773 841652.