A serial bike thief who threw coffee over an officer has been sentenced to 22 weeks in prison.
On 26th October, Kevin Champion, 45, of no fixed abode, was arrested by officers who saw him riding a bike along Peas Hill, Cambridge. The bike had been reported as stolen from the train station earlier that day.
Champion was further arrested for going equipped for theft after he was found in possession of an allen key.
CCTV images then revealed he was responsible for a bike theft at the Grand Arcade on 6 September, and he was again further arrested.
During his interview, he lashed out at an officer and threw a cup of coffee over them.
On Saturday 12th December at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court, Champion was jailed after he was found guilty of going equipped for theft, two counts of bike theft and a public order offence. He had admitted assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage at an earlier hearing.
He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the officer.
Sergeant Kevin Misik, of the Cambridge City Neighbourhood Team, said:
“Champion is a prolific offender with a catalogue of previous convictions.
“Luckily the officer wasn’t burnt by the coffee and thanks to his sentence will be able to replace the shirt he ruined.
“I also hope this result provides some reassurance to the public that we are doing all we can to crack down on cycle crime in the city.”
Superintendent James Sutherland, Area Commander for the south of the county, said: “This year we have stepped up our efforts to tackle cycle crime in the city.
“Cycle crime can have a big impact on victims, often leaving them significantly out of pocket and without means of travel.
“We will continue to work tirelessly on tackling the issue to make Cambridge a safer and more enjoyable place for cyclists.”
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