A 21-year-old man who was caught by police with a hand-made carved blade had been on the run for six days after stealing two bottles of beer, a court has heard.

Jack Webster has now been jailed for 11 weeks after he escaped from police who were trying to catch him following him committing a shoplifting offence.

The court heard that while he was already the subject of a suspended sentence, Webster, of no fixed address, stole two bottles of Peroni beer worth £5.25 from an address in Witham Close, Hilton, on April 6.

Jack Webster has now been jailed for 11 weeks

While police were looking for him, he was found by an officer near Main Street, Hilton, five days later, on April 11. However he ran off before he could be arrested and managed to evade capture.

The next day, he was spotted again in The Mease and was arrested and searched. At that point, police found the hand-made blade, described as a piece of wood sharpened on one end and with a grip on the other.

Webster has now appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court were he admitted shoplifting; resisting a police officer, possession of a bladed hand-made implement and breaching a suspended sentence.

Magistrates jailed him for 11 weeks, telling him the offences were committed while he was subject to a suspended sentence order; the bladed item was specifically designed and could easily have been used to cause injury or fear; and it was 'a significant resist' against a police officer doing his job which could have resulted in more serious consequences. Webster was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

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