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Yob caged for drunken rampage

PUBLISHED: 16:40 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE thug who held up a shop with a 10-inch blade in a crime spree has been jailed for four years.

A TEENAGE thug who held up a shop with a 10-inch blade in a crime spree has been jailed for four years.

Christopher Thompson, 19, was jailed after a drink and drug fuelled rampage which also saw him attack a police officer in a crowded Eltham High Street.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard homeless Thompson tried to mug a minicab driver for his satellite navigation system and snatched perfume bottles from a High Street store.

An off-duty police officer attempted to arrest him, but Thompson launched into a foul-mouthed tirade and tried to headbutt him in front of a crowd of terrified shoppers.

He told the officer: "I dare you to nick me. I dare you to nick me you c***," adding "come on, I will kick the f*** out of you."

At one point, one of Thompson's friends threw a supermarket trolley at the officer, before more police arrived.

Thompson was arrested, but later released, and less than a week after the incident, on June 10, he tried to rob the Spar shop in Mottingham Road, Eltham. Thompson ran away from the store without any money, and was arrested by police on a bus shortly afterwards.

Sentencing Thompson to four years in a young offenders' institute, Judge John Hillen said: "You really have come to the end of the road.

"Other means of dealing with you have failed, and you are on the road to spending your life behind bars in one way or another, unless something happens to bring you

up sharp.

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