Knifeman spat at police officers

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The prison van containing Christopher Howard leaves Swindon Magistrates' Court

Serial thief Christopher Howard was caught with a miniature lock knife in May. Two months later he was caught trying car doors in Old Walcot. And in September he was found - by police dog Conan - hiding underneath a lorry by police responding to reports of a man trying to break into cars.

As he was arrested on Friday morning he began spitting at police officers, then in a police van before finally urinating across his cell. 

Magistrates jailed him for 10 months on Saturday morning.

Car parts thief caught by police dog

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Liam Parter Picture: WILTSHIRE POLICE

Land Rover parts thief Liam Parter was jailed for 17 months for thefts committed in Wiltshire and Kent.

The 23-year-old was one of a pair who broke into a Melksham car dealership in July last year, stealing parts from pricey 4x4s. Parter was tracked down by a Wiltshire police dog called Lorrie.

You can read the full court report here.

'Kick the baby out of you'

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Billy Goffett Picture: WILTSHIRE POLICE

A bully who told his pregnant ex-girlfriend “I’m going to kick that baby out of you” was jailed for two years. 

Judge Peter Crabtree told William Goffett, 25: “Anyone who’s in a domestic relationship deserves to be treated with respect. You were far from treating her with respect – within this period at least.”

Read our court report here.