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PCSO threatened by ex-crook wielding bat in Burnley
AN ex-career crook who threatened a police community support officer with a wooden bat has been spared jail.
Burnley Crown Court was told how former heroin addict Wayne Sawley, 37, had told the victim if he went in the house he would smash his head in.
He then wielded the bat in the street. The victim had been subjected to a barrage of abuse and threats from the defendant at his bedroom window and then outside.
Sawley had lost his temper when police were investigating some anti- social behaviour in the area. He was at one time a prolific offender and felt he was being targeted by the authorities.
The defendant,of Reed Street, Burnley, was given a drugs course which a judge said would help him and the public and if he didn't comply he could end up being locked up.
Sawley had been convicted of having an offensive weapon and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on August 9 and had been committed for sentence by Pennine magistrates. He received a community order with 12 months' supervision and a nine month drug rehabilitation requirement.
Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said the PCSO attended at Reed Street at about 3pm to carry out routine inquiries and knocked on the door.
The defendant opened an upstairs bedroom window and shouted something. The officer asked him to come down and he swore and replied: "I'm not opening the door. I'm sick of you lot coming round." He slammed the window.
The PCSO then heard a gate bang and went round the back of the property. He was met by the defendant, standing in the street, brandishing a bat. Sawley told him: "Come on then. I will cave your head in."
Mr Bennett said the officer, fearful for his safety, requested assistance from the police. He was arrested and claimed the PCSO had said he would kick his door in. He admitted he had come out of the back door with the bat, but claimed he wouldn't have hit the officer.
The prosecutor added Sawley had an 'unenviable record' which included dishonesty, drugs and having a blade. He was in breach of a conditional discharge.
Dylan Bradshaw, for Sawley, said the offences were 'deeply unpleasant' and PCSOs were entitled to be shown the same respect as police officers. No violence was actually used. The defendant apologised .