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Kebab row Pc avoids jail sentence

A drunken off-duty policeman who assaulted two kebab shop workers in a row over salad has avoided prison.

Pc Andrew Evans had been out drinking when he flew into a rage inside the takeaway because staff had not put any salad on his late night snack.

The burly 32-year-old Gloucestershire Police officer had drunk between 10 and 12 pints of Stowford Press cider and was on his way home when he decided he wanted some food.

Staff at the fast food outlet in Cinderford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, had not put any salad on Evans's kebab because they had run out. Swindon Crown Court heard how Evans suddenly became angry and starting shouting, demanding his money back.

The staff thought he was joking and offered him a can of soft drink by way of compensation. This did not placate Evans and the manager said he could have a refund.

However, he was not satisfied and he pushed past one shop worker and stormed behind the counter of the kebab shop. Evans then punched the manager, knocking him to the floor, leaving him with a cut to his head as he struck the counter on the way down.

At the time of the incident on July 24 last year, the Gloucestershire Police officer was suspended from duty following a domestic-related incident with his now estranged wife, the court was told.

At an earlier hearing Evans, of St Swithins Road, Oldcroft, Lydney, Gloucestershire admitted charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery.

Judge Douglas Field imposed a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and placed Evans on a 10 week 8pm to 6am curfew.

Following the case, a spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "We expect high standards of professionalism from our officers and staff, and where we believe those standards are not being upheld we will not hesitate to take appropriate action."

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