A thug who spat in the face of a Thurrock Council Environmental Enforcement officer as she was on duty has been sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay £805 in fines, victim surcharge and costs.
The incident took place on 13 September 2018 in Russell Road, Tilbury, when Barron Appleton, of Adelaide Road, Tilbury, approached the officer as she was dealing with an abandoned vehicle.
He shouted abuse and threatened the officer before spitting in her face three times. The officer locked herself in her vehicle but he continued, shouting as he tried to open the door to get to her.
Appleton was found guilty of assault and using threatening behaviour when he appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Friday 29 March. He is currently serving a suspended sentence which will be looked at in light of this conviction.