An alcoholic who kicked a poppy wreath off a war memorial breached a city centre ban for the heartless crime a DAY after it came into force.
Simon Colley, 40, has been jailed after he was previously handed a suspended sentence for the “distasteful” show of aggression at the Cenotaph in Manchester city centre.
He initially appeared in court last Thursday where he was also given a criminal behaviour order which stopped him from entering the city centre for two years.
But on Friday, just one day after walking away from court, Colley was arrested following a drunken outburst in Piccadilly Gardens.
Witnesses said Colley, from Salford, was boozed up and ‘screaming and shouting abuse’. Officers arrived and he was taken away in a police van just before 5pm.
After spending the weekend in custody, he appeared in court on Monday, reports Manchester Evening News .
District judge Mark Hadfield sentenced Colley to 24 weeks in prison during a short hearing at Manchester magistrates’ court.
After the case, Insp Phil Spurgeon, from GMP’s city centre team, said: “We are committed to tackling anti social behaviour in the city centre.
“We were able to secure a criminal behaviour order with the help of businesses and partners, and we are glad to see that the courts are supporting us with the sentence at the first breach.”
Colley, of Greengate, Salford, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after he admitted breaching the criminal behaviour order, and another 12 weeks for breaching the suspended sentence.
The judge ordered the sentences to run consecutively.
Colley was in court on Thursday, March 9, following an incident at the war memorial in St Peter’s Square on Thursday, February 23.
He had been seen ‘staggering’ around the Cenotaph by members of the public just before 3pm.
CCTV footage showed Colley casually walking up to the memorial before taking a run-up and kicking one wreath away.
He tried to get away but seconds later, after being alerted by members of the public, two police officers arrived and arrested him.
Prosecuting, Anna Morris said an officer was verbally abused by Colley, who said: ‘Who are you? You are f*****g nothing’.
During Thursday’s hearing, Colley’s defence lawyer Matthew Wallace said: “It seems when he is drunk he behaves in a way that is unacceptable, particularly in the city centre.”