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.
Full details have emerged of the enhanced security measures Welsh rugby fans will encounter for the first time at the Principality Stadium this weekend. Given the terrorist attacks in the UK this year, new procedures have been put in place for Wales opening autumn international against Australia this Saturday. These will include 100 per cent personal checks at the turnstiles, which will apply to everybody entering the stadium.
There will be enhanced security at the Principality Stadium this autumn (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)
Fans are also being advised to leave large bags and umbrellas at home, as they will not be able to take them into the ground. Small bags and handbags will be permitted, provided they are no larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm. There are no bag storage facilities available at the stadium, so spectators are advised to plan ahead if they intend travelling to Cardiff with a large bag.
Small umbrellas are permitted, but cannot be used when the event is in progress, while there were will be strictly no golfing umbrellas allowed inside the venue. In a statement on the enhanced security, the WRU have said: The latest security measures include 100 per cent personal checks at the turnstiles and the advice to leave large bags and large umbrellas at home to avoid disappointment and causing further delay to fellow supporters entering the stadium.
Welsh fans will be converging on the stadium in their thousands this weekend
Due to the new measures, fans are being urged to get to the ground well in advance of the 5.15pm kick-off. The stadium will open three hours before all four Test matches this autumn, instead of the 90 minutes Welsh rugby-goers will be used to.
With more than 66,000 tickets having been sold for the Australia match and enhanced security in place, the message to all supporters is to get to the ground early.
The WRU have turned to Wales prop Samson Lee to deliver a personal reminder to that effect via a WRUTV spoof video. Lee acted out scenes filmed at the team hotel and the stadium to show supporters that poor planning ahead of match day now comes with the genuine risk of missing kick off.
Samson Lee in action at the stadium during last year’s match against Australia
The Scarlets star said: As a squad, we are used to working to a strict schedule where everything from our eating, sleeping, training, kit and transport is planned out to ensure the very best preparation for international matches.
The filming for the Don t miss kick off video has really hit home how well prepared we are as a team, but also shows the consequences associated with lack of proper planning.
With the enhanced security measures we are becoming accustomed to in the UK, this is an important message for anyone with tickets for the Under Armour Series and supporters need to arrive early for the 100 per cent search regimes, or, like me in the film, they risk missing kick off!
Ask any player and they will tell you the best feeling in the world is hearing the roar of the stadium crowd during the anthems.
We want every single fan in their seats for the start of the match and I really hope this film raises awareness and motivates our supporters to plan ahead this autumn, as well as being a bit of fun! While South Wales Police stress there is no specific threat to Cardiff, bosses at the Principality Stadium routinely work closely with the Police and the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit to deliver appropriate security measures for major events.
Stadium manager Mark Williams said: The safety and enjoyment of supporters on matchday is our top priority and so we have increased the gate opening hours to three hours before kick-off for the autumn international matches.
This will allow a capacity crowd to pass through the enhanced security checks safely and in plenty of time to enjoy the games and the renowned pre-match build up at Principality Stadium.
We strongly urge fans to assist us in maintaining a safe and secure stadium by getting in early and leaving large bags and large umbrellas at home to avoid unnecessary delays and disappointment.
A man caught trying to steal wine from a supermarket threatened a security guard and said: I ll punch you from here to over there. The incident happened at Asda in Dewsbury on September 22, Kirklees Magistrates Court1 heard. Glen Liversedge was witnessed trying to remove security tags from two bottles of wine at the Mill Street West store.
Clint Chambers, prosecuting, said: When he was challenged by a member of staff he made the threat: I ll punch you from here to over there.
This caused him to feel fear of immediate violence. The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to criminal damage and threatening behaviour.
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He admitted that he dropped the wine, causing the bottles to smash but claimed that he was manhandled by the security guard. Liversedge said that, while was drunk at the time, he was making his way to the till to pay for the alcohol.
District Judge Michael Fanning told him: You were challenged in the store and gobbed off.
It s not very pleasant but I accept that s the extent of it.
You need to understand that you cannot mouth off at people just trying to do their job. Liversedge, of Thorn Avenue in Thornhill, was sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work. He will have to pay 10 compensation to the store as well as 85 costs and 85 victim surcharge.