BTP releases spitting footage after man absconds

British Transport Police (BTP) has released footage of one of its officers being spat at after the man responsible failed to appear at court for sentencing.

Oct 24, 2019
By Tony Thompson

Jamie Glover was caught on body-worn video spitting at the officer from just inches away – covering the man’s face, neck and hitting him in the eye.

The 31-year-old was part of a group acting drunkenly on a train from Huddersfield on October 18. The concerned train manager contacted officers who met the group at York station.

Glover ignored warnings about his behaviour and continued to shout and swear. He was arrested and taken to a waiting police van. Footage then shows him turning to an officer and spitting directly in his face.

Glover, of Wyvern Close, Batley, was found guilty of being drunk and disorderly and assaulting an emergency worker at York Magistrates’ Court. He was due to appear for sentencing on Tuesday (October 22), but failed to appear.

BTP Sergeant James Finch said: “There’re few things more disgusting than being spat at on duty. It’s completely repulsive behaviour, reserved for offenders either completely ignorant of the consequences or who have no respect for themselves or other people.

“This was initially a low-level case of anti-social behaviour, instead, Glover chose to seriously escalate the situation and assault one of our officers. This is something we take extremely seriously; it’s not accepted as part of the job and he will face the consequences.”

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