Disgruntled former Betfred worker in court for throwing sweets which hit manager in the face

PUBLISHED: 16:37 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:09 15 May 2018

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Betting shop staff hit the panic alarm when a former employee strolled into a branch of Betfred and began hurling sweets to protest his dismissal.

The sweets struck a manger in the face – but a plastic bottle thrown by the same unhappy former employee missed his target, a court heard.

And when staff hit the panic button at the Wisbech store and police were called, the former Betfred worker became aggressive and resisted arrest.

Before Cambridge Crown Court on Friday was Matthew Hiblin, 42, of Falcon Road, Wisbech, who admitted assault by beating and obstructing a police officer in their duty.

Hiblin was sentenced to a two year community order and a 40 day rehabilitation activity requirement

Police said Hiblin was a “disgruntled former employee” when he entered the High Street store on February 7.

He then became aggressive and threw sweets at his former colleague, a man in his 40s, striking him in the face.

The rehabilitation activity requirement includes a combination of appointments and activities, designed to support and monitor the offender’s progress through their order and support their rehabilitation.

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