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Carlisle blade man jailed for “pork chop” threat

Donovan Hetherington, and the scene of his blade crime at Spar shop, Newtown Road, Carlisle.

[A] BLADE-carrying criminal who told a Carlisle shop worker he could cut her “like a pork chop” has been jailed.

Donovan Andrew Hetherington, 27, made his chilling remark after entering the Newtown Road Spar shop with a scalpel late on July 28.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Hetherington also boasted to staff he could grab hundreds of pounds from the store’s cash register “no bother”.

Hetherington was jailed for 24 months today (TUES) having committed a string of crimes while subject to a suspended prison term for previous offending.

He admitted affray and having a bladed article following the Spar incident, and also escaping from police custody on hospital grounds two days later. He also pleaded guilty to separate theft and public order charges.

Judge Peter Davies heard Hetherington – man with 94 offences on his record – had been having “huge difficulties” with drugs at the time of his most recent criminal conduct.

Jailing Hetherington, of Linton Street, Carlisle, Judge Davies called his latest brushes with the law “horrendous”.

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