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Policeman was chased by his raging nephew.

A POLICEMAN was chased down the street by his raging nephew brandishing a broom handle in a family row over stolen cash.

Money had gone missing from Robert Thornton's grandparent's home and he was furious when his uncle, a serving police officer who was off duty, pointed the finger of suspicion at him.

A court heard he shouted and swore at his relative, repeatedly called him a "******* pig" and chased him away with a threefoot long broom handle. Now the 33-year-old, who denies stealing the money, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court for affray.

Judge Edward Bindloss told Thornton: "Your uncle had a genuine belief you had taken the money and an argument ensued.

"It is quite clear to me you have an anger management problem."

Thornton, of Tynemouth Road, Primrose, Jarrow, who has previous convictions and was on a suspended sentence at the time, pleaded guilty to affray.

He faces no charges in relation to the stolen cash and denies any involvement in it going missing.

Michelle Stonley, defending, said: "He was brought up by his grandparents and the thought of being accused of taking things from his grandmother deeply upset him."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 18, 2016
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