Adam Waring, 31, has been jailed over his Tesco meltdown (Image: Adam Waring/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

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A dad who picked up a bottle of sanitiser and sprayed it in the faces of staff and customers at Tesco has been jailed.

Adam Waring, 31, grabbed the canister at the entrance to the supermarket in Salford, Greater Manchester, then unleashed it on shoppers saying: ''I will f***ing do you.''

The sanitiser had been kept at the store entrance for use on shopping baskets and trolleys as a coronavirus safety measure.

Waring's victims included a seven year old girl out with her father at the Ellesmere shopping centre branch of Tesco in Walkden, who was hit in the face and the eye with the liquid.

Waring, a delivery driver and father-of-one, also shouted: ''Don't you try and take this f***ing bottle off me – they've got chemicals'' before eventually fleeing the store.

The dad-of-one hurled foul-mouthed abuse at the Tesco
(Image: Adam Waring/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

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He was arrested at a neighbouring Subway sandwich ship after smashing a table.

At least four people were attacked with the spray during Waring's drug-fuelled rampage with some suffering irritation to their skin.

Shop manager Curtis Steele told police: "I do not come into work to be assaulted and was shocked by this incident. I was scared and unsure what exactly was in the bottle.

"I thought it was cleaning fluid but I was concerned how much it stung and an optician had to clean my eye."

Police said he appeared genuinely remorseful, the court heard
(Image: Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

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Waring, of Lostock, Bolton, admitted affray, common assault and criminal damage over the October 2020 incident.

He was jailed for 16 months at Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

The court was told he had turned up at the store under the influence and picked up the cleaning spray from a table at the entrance.

Prosecutor John Richards said: "Susan Purnell was working at the tills when she heard a customer say 'do not spray me with that.'

"She asked him for the bottle and he said 'I will give it to you' but then sprayed it at her, hitting the right side of her face and neck.

"Other members of staff came to help but the defendant was shouting and swearing. She had no visible injuries apart from irritation to her skin.

Waring sprayed sanitising fluid at a little girl
(Image: Adam Waring/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

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"Manager Matthew Dolby went to the shop floor, saw the defendant with the bottle and confronted him. The defendant was shouting saying 'I'm going to smash faces in' and said the bottle contained chemicals.

"A seven-year-old girl was nearby, and the defendant was asked to leave the store. He argued with Ms Purnell when she asked for the bottle.

"Another manager ,Curtis Steele, heard the defendant say 'don't you try and take this f***ing bottle off me' and then sprayed him with it, hitting him in the eye and it immediately started to sting. The defendant was told to leave but he struck another member of staff across the face causing injury.

"Mr Steele told police 'I do not come into work to be assaulted and was shocked by this incident. I was scared and unsure what was in the bottle. I thought it was cleaning fluid. I was concerned how much it stung and an optician had to clean my eye.

"Stephen Howarth was then sprayed on the back of his head, and it got into his eyes. The father of the seven-year-old girl heard the defendant shout 'chemicals' and 'I will f***ing do you' before hitting his daughter in the eye. Fortunately, she suffered no injuries and the defendant left for a Subway.

"The Subway waitress had been told a member of the public was causing trouble and didn't want to serve him. She told the defendant he was not making sense but he replied 'why don't you f*ck off.'

"He then picked up a table and threw it at the glass counter. The defendant needed to be removed from the shop as staff were frightened. An off-duty police officer happened to be in the store and got the defendant to the floor before officers in uniform could arrest him."

Staff later told police they feared they were going to be assaulted.

When interviewed, Waring said he did not remember much of what happened.

Police said Waring described his own behaviour as 'disgusting' and showed genuine remorse when CCTV of the incident was played, the prosecutor told the court.

Waring had previous convictions for 63 offences, including public order offences, criminal damage and violence.

In 2014, he was locked up for 16 months for possessing an offensive weapon.

In mitigation, his lawyer Verity Quaite said her client's remorse was genuine, and he had since sought help to deal with his substance abuse problem.

She said that Waring had previously been sober for some time, adding that while it was "no excuse" – he admitted having a meltdown after being denied custody of his child.

"He has regular work, and his employers say he is polite and hardworking."

Sentencing judge Recorder Jason McAdam told Waring: "You committed this offence in front of children and frontline workers who often earn low wages. This behaviour was frightening and terrifying for them and this must have been for them and you behaved in a way consistent with madness.

"While no doubt something awful happened in your life just resorting to the bottle or snorting something up your nose is only going to lead to you repeating this behaviour."