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16 months behind bars for ‘considerable menace’

A SERIAL offender who jumped in front of cars and repeatedly struggled with police officers has been sent to jail for 16 months.

Nathan Hilditch, of 12A Horseshoe Close, Virkie, learned his fate at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after admitting a string of new offences.

The 20 year old pleaded guilty to running into the path of moving vehicles at Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road on 13 September.

He also admitted shouting, swearing and struggling with police officers at the town’s King Erik Street six days later.

Hilditch was also sentenced for a string of previously admitted offences relating to the police.

Between 29 May and 10 July, the Virkie man struggled with police in Lerwick on three occasions, as well as attempting to kick an officer while he was driving a vehicle.

He also tried to bite and butt another officer, as well as shouting and acting in an aggressive manner on the town’s South Road.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Hilditch was a “considerable menace” whose behaviour unravels when he drinks.

Defence agent Tommy Allan suggested that his client could be given a restriction of liberty order, but Sheriff Philip Mann told Hilditch that the “time has come for a custodial sentence”.