These criminals have all been given prison sentences at magistrates' courts recently.

A MAN has been jailed for four months after he claimed to have coronavirus and spat at a police officer.

At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Philip Booth, aged 30, of Harden Drive, Bolton, pleaded guilty to assaulting the officer on May 23 and also assaulting a woman, kicking and punching her, in Bolton on March 21.

Booth was also ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

MAGISTRATES have jailed a man for 12 weeks after he was convicted of assaulting a woman in Bolton on January 3.

At Wigan Magistrates’ Court Anthony Seddon, aged 31, of Gray Street, School Hill, denied committing the assault and failing to surrender to court but was found guilty following a trial.

The court heard that children were present during the attack and the victim has been physically and emotionally harmed by the incident.

A restraining order was made banning Seddon from contacting his victim or going to Singleton Avenue, Horwich, or Whalley Avenue, Bolton.

A DRUNKEN man has been given a suspended prison sentence after he harassed a woman and threatened her with petrol.

At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Thomas Mears, aged 27, of Newlands Drive, Blackrod, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour towards the woman on April 2.

He was sentenced to four weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and must participate in 15 days of rehabilitation activities.

The court heard how the sustained incident caused a severe disturbance in front of children and petrol was used as a weapon.

Mears was also ordered to pay £207 in costs and charges.