Former Commonwealth boxing champ Nicky Booth punched Waitrose security guard who caught him stealing coffee
A boxing champion who once fought for a world title has appeared in court after he lashed out at a security guard who caught him stealing tins of coffee worth just 16. Nicky Booth was ordered to pay 100 compensation to the guard who had caught him stealing from Waitrose in Milton Street, Nottingham city centre. Booth, 37, once held the Commonwealth and British boxing1 titles as a bantamweight.
He even challenged for the IBO world title in 2001, but was stopped in seven rounds by Jose Sanjuanelo at Wembley Conference Centre.
On May 4 this year Booth, who lives in Hucknall, visited Nottingham after staying with relatives and going ‘cold turkey’ in a bid to beat drugs. He went to the Waitrose store and stole three tins of coffee worth 15.66, said Lee Shepherd, prosecuting at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court3 on Wednesday November 8.
Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden in 2003
Booth then returned to the store later that day and tried to get away with four tins of coffee worth 16.72, but was spotted. Mr Shepherd said: “The security guard tried to detain him and he was punched to the jaw . After being arrested, Mr Booth was apologetic for his actions.”
Defence solicitor Chris Saunders told the court: “He comes across as a frail character nowadays . You can see he has trouble getting his words out correctly.
“You have seen he is almost shuffling when he comes into court .
He has been out of trouble for ten years and the problem is Class A drugs . When I spoke to him, he said ‘I need some help.’
“At the moment, he has various illnesses . His immune system is currently attacking his antibodies.”
When the assault took place, Booth was with a former partner who was pregnant.
Mr Saunders added: “It was in effect a warning strike.”
Nicky Booth boxing at Harvey Hadden Stadium in 2002
He must pay 85 prosecution costs, an identical amount as a government tax, and 15.66 to Waitrose, on top of the compensation. He must also complete a six-month drug rehabilitation course.
Deputy District Judge Richard Marshall told him: “You have been out of trouble for some time but you have obviously got yourself into trouble with drugs.”
In 2003 Booth lost a WBU title fight at Harvey Hadden Stadium against Nathan Sting, and never boxed professionally again. He retired with a record of 17 wins from 23 fights, but was later jailed for drug offences.
A brave JCB security guard has been hailed for saving a woman’s life after pulling her from a burning car – just moments before it exploded. Hero Adam Sharman dragged the woman driver to safety after witnessing a car crash on his way home from work. The 26-year-old, who works at JCB1‘s World HQ, saw the two-vehicle smash on the outskirts of Cheadle.
He and another passing motorist quickly realised a woman was trapped inside her burning vehicle. They managed to prise her crumpled door open and pull her out just before the car exploded into a blazing fireball.
Adam pulled the woman from this burning Citroen Saxo
Adam said: “When I stopped you could see the smoke . I got out and there was a smashed up Citreon Saxo . I could hear the woman screaming.
“She was stuck behind the steering wheel and the chassis was all crumpled.
“The engine was on fire and we had to bend the car s door frame because it wouldn t open.
“The flames started to get bigger so we decided just to take an arm each and kept dragging her back the car then completely went up in flames . We took her quite far back but you could still feel the heat.”
Emergency services arrived on the scene in Cheadle Road at around 10.15pm on Friday, November 3.
The woman was taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries to her legs . But Adam, from Stoke on Trent, said it could have been a lot worse.
Adam Sharman has saved a life
He said: “If it was someone I cared about I hope someone would do the same thing.
“I always try to help out . I thought to myself afterwards that had we have been there just five minutes later it could have been horrific . Luckily we were able to get her out.”
Throughout the incident Adam’s bosses at Rocester were able to help direct emergency services. He said: “I was updating work anyway so they knew what was happening but I asked if they could use my GPS location and send all of the emergency services.
“They arrived shortly afterwards but by this time it was enough for the car to have up in flames.”
He said: “In my view these people saved her life .
They came across the collision and within seconds sprang into action and pulled her from the car.”
A police officer from the Cornwall force has walked free from court despite admitting child sex offences committed over the course of six years. Jonathan Fulcher, 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of making a total of 290 indecent images of a child between June 2010 and October 2016 and has now lost his job as a serving officer. He also pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.
But Fulcher walked free from Exeter Crown Court where he was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), and placed on the sex offenders register. Fulcher was a serving police officer when the offences were committed but was suspended at the start of the criminal investigation.
The Daily Mail1 reports that he was snared in an online chat room by US Homeland Security officials posing as a 13-year-old girl attracted to men in uniform . A police raid on his home found screenshots of six other girls who he had met in chatrooms, including one who had called herself Jailbait but charges were dropped because it was decided it would be impossible to prove the girls in the pictures were under 16.
A Special Case Hearing was held before Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer in July this year where he was dismissed from the police service without notice.
After the case Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “Jonathan Fulcher has acted in a wholly inappropriate and criminal manner for which he has been sentenced at court today.
“As soon as these allegations came to light, Fulcher was suspended from duty and a full investigation launched . He has now been dismissed from the police service.
” Devon and Cornwall Police2 expects the highest ethical and professional conduct from all officers and staff operating within the Force, and robustly investigates misconduct and allegations of criminal offences.
“The vast majority of our staff demonstrate commitment on a daily basis to these professional standards and the Force’s obligation to instill public confidence in the police service.
“Fulcher’s actions have fallen well below these standards and his behaviour has let the police service and the public down.”
Fulcher, of Crediton, Devon, was serving in Exeter at the time .
He was spared an immediate jail term after a court heard he suffered from bipolar disorder meaning he felt ‘invincible’ and was more prone to risk taking behaviour.