Man found with ‘police’ CS spray avoids prison

Man found with ‘police’ CS spray avoids prison

Man found with ‘police’ CS spray avoids prison

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A MAN who was found with a “police” CS spray canister and an emergency blue light has narrowly avoided jail.

Daniel Gross, 24, of The Avenue, Benfleet, was found with the stolen items in his car after he was stopped for speeding in his Audi A3 in Leigh on January 23.

He was caught while serving a 12-month suspended prison sentence for an assault outside Churchills Nightclub, in Southend, and was told by Judge David Owen-Jones he faced jail.

But he avoided a prison term and was instead fined £1,000 after the court heard he had just bought a house with his girlfriend and the pair would lose their home.

Charlotte Davison, prosecuting, told Basildon Crown Court Gross was pulled over for bad driving and when police searched his car they found a CS canister with “police” written on it.

Officers also found a police blue light, which Gross said he had stolen from a traffic cone a few months earlier. While being driven to Southend police station, Gross said: “That bloody light, it was just me and some mates messing about one night.

“We did not know what we would do with it.”

Miss Davison said Gross later told police he had bought the CS canister from a woman in a pub for £15, knew it was illegal but had no intention of using it.

The court heard Gross had a previous conviction for owning a spray after a number of cans were found at his home in 2009.

In mitigation, Ian Cliff said: “Mr Gross has demonstrated maturity by completing a suspended order and holding down a job as a scaffolder.

“This was undermined by his lack of common sense and maturity in purchasing the spray.

“He acquired it, placed it in his car and then forgot about it.

“There is no logical explanation for it and it goes against everything he has done since his conviction for grievous bodily harm. If he were jailed today he would lose his job and they would default on their mortgage repayments almost immediately.”

Judge Owen-Jones said he accepted Gross stole the blue light as part of a “stupid, idiotic prank”.

Gross, who admitted possessing an offensive weapon and theft, was also ordered to pay £250 costs.

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6:18pm Thu 14 Aug 14

MilesBond says...

What a prize w*nker
What a prize w*nker MilesBond
  • Score: 15

6:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Police impersonator should have got prison...
Police impersonator should have got prison... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 11

6:25pm Thu 14 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

MilesBond wrote:
What a prize w*nker
although he's the one laughing surely ? i would suggest it's the justice system that's the prize w*nker...... already on a suspended sentence ?
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: What a prize w*nker[/p][/quote]although he's the one laughing surely ? i would suggest it's the justice system that's the prize w*nker...... already on a suspended sentence ? pembury53
  • Score: 11

6:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
Police impersonator should have got prison...
The blue flashing strobe light, on the dash of his car, at night, anyone would stop...
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: Police impersonator should have got prison...[/p][/quote]The blue flashing strobe light, on the dash of his car, at night, anyone would stop... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 6

7:06pm Thu 14 Aug 14

chunkus04 says...

so lets get this straight.... he was caught with a police flashing light and a can of police cs spray while already on a suspended custodial sentence. and didn't get sent to prison. firstly the blue light thing i can sort of understand yes a silly boy. however having a can of police cs spray! which comes under the firearms act should of carried a 5 yr instant custodial. which is set out as a minimum sentence. http://www.cps.gov.u
k/legal/s_to_u/sente
ncing_manual/section
_5_firearms_act/
so lets get this straight.... he was caught with a police flashing light and a can of police cs spray while already on a suspended custodial sentence. and didn't get sent to prison. firstly the blue light thing i can sort of understand yes a silly boy. however having a can of police cs spray! which comes under the firearms act should of carried a 5 yr instant custodial. which is set out as a minimum sentence. http://www.cps.gov.u k/legal/s_to_u/sente ncing_manual/section _5_firearms_act/ chunkus04
  • Score: 9

7:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Is it the Milk Tray Man ?
Is it the Milk Tray Man ? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

pendulum says...

Pepper spray is a defensive item and is legal in many EU countries. I tend to think it should be legal here under some circumstances e.g. kept in the home, or with a licence. Even if criminals got hold of it, I think it's better they go out with pepper spray than knives.
Pepper spray is a defensive item and is legal in many EU countries. I tend to think it should be legal here under some circumstances e.g. kept in the home, or with a licence. Even if criminals got hold of it, I think it's better they go out with pepper spray than knives. pendulum
  • Score: -7

9:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

But it wasn't pepper.
And CS isn't legal in this country. As somebody has already pointed out, it's covered by firearms legislation.
But it wasn't pepper. And CS isn't legal in this country. As somebody has already pointed out, it's covered by firearms legislation. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 12

11:37pm Thu 14 Aug 14

andyman1971 says...

I can't believe this.. This idiot is laughing all the way out the court. The solicitor has done a great job, Ian cliff must be most proud getting another yob off a prison sentence, just hope it's never him who becomes a victim!
This fool along with the rest of em should go to prison.
I can't believe this.. This idiot is laughing all the way out the court. The solicitor has done a great job, Ian cliff must be most proud getting another yob off a prison sentence, just hope it's never him who becomes a victim! This fool along with the rest of em should go to prison. andyman1971
  • Score: 4

6:16am Fri 15 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

pendulum wrote:
Pepper spray is a defensive item and is legal in many EU countries. I tend to think it should be legal here under some circumstances e.g. kept in the home, or with a licence. Even if criminals got hold of it, I think it's better they go out with pepper spray than knives.
When UKIP achieve their aims they will put a stop to any EU nonsense
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: Pepper spray is a defensive item and is legal in many EU countries. I tend to think it should be legal here under some circumstances e.g. kept in the home, or with a licence. Even if criminals got hold of it, I think it's better they go out with pepper spray than knives.[/p][/quote]When UKIP achieve their aims they will put a stop to any EU nonsense Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 4

8:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

andyman1971 wrote:
I can't believe this.. This idiot is laughing all the way out the court. The solicitor has done a great job, Ian cliff must be most proud getting another yob off a prison sentence, just hope it's never him who becomes a victim!
This fool along with the rest of em should go to prison.
regardless of the extent of the travesty, no blame can be attached to his brief..... would you expect them not to do the best for their client ? the facts and guilt were crystal clear, for judge to act....
[quote][p][bold]andyman1971[/bold] wrote: I can't believe this.. This idiot is laughing all the way out the court. The solicitor has done a great job, Ian cliff must be most proud getting another yob off a prison sentence, just hope it's never him who becomes a victim! This fool along with the rest of em should go to prison.[/p][/quote]regardless of the extent of the travesty, no blame can be attached to his brief..... would you expect them not to do the best for their client ? the facts and guilt were crystal clear, for judge to act.... pembury53
  • Score: 1

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