Yob jailed for spitting at Northampton police sergeant during Covid-19 lockdown

Magistrates hear how 35-year-old exposed himself after being arrested for making threats

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 1:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 2:22 pm
Filer-Hobbs was jailed for 22 weeks at Northampton Magistrates Court

Magistrates jailed a Northampton man for spitting at a police sergeant during the latest Covid lockdown.

The officer was called to an address in Clarence Avenue to investigate complaints of threats and harassment by Grant Filer-Hobbs over a period of five months.

But Filer-Hobbs, aged 35, of St Paul's Road, assaulted the officer — then exposed himself in the back of the police van after being arrested.

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He pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates Court on February 15, two days after the incident, and was sentenced to a total of 22 weeks in jail when he appeared again last week.

Magistrates told Filer-Hobbs — also known as Aaron Evans — that he has a flagrant disregard for people and their property and jailed him for 16 weeks for assaulting an emergency worker, two of exposing himself and four for harassment.

Filer-Hobbs was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the sergeant and to the victim of harassment, who the court documents revealed had been subjected to numerous threats since November 2020.

He was ordered to register with the police in accordance with the Sexual Offences Act 2003 from for seven years.

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