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Man jailed for jumping queue at Poundland and spitting at staff and police

A queue-jumper at Poundland who spat at police and store staff has been jailed for six months. Darren Swain, 57, had been aggressive and abusive towards staff outside Poundland in Castleford, West Yorkshire, as they worked to ensure customers were let into the store one at a time. A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he had attempted to jump the queue and then ‘coughed theatrically in the air’ close to staff when they stopped him. She continued: ‘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.’

Swain was then arrested, and later admitted common assault and common assault on emergency workers. He was sentenced to six months in prison at Leeds Magistrates’ Court. 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.’