Threatening calls from inside cell land gang thug more prison time

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A gang thug's threatening phonecalls from inside his prison cell have landed him more time in jail.

Joel Dowling breached his gang injunction yet again which means he has now doubled his sentence behind bars.

The 23-year-old, from Skelmersdale but of no fixed abode, was slapped with the injunction last year along with associate Stephen Grimes meaning they weren't allowed to communicate with each other, or a list of eight other people.

The pair were sentenced together after they went on a rampage at The Elmridge Arms pub and threatened a man with a knife.

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In April Dowling was given a 42-day suspended sentence after being caught speaking to Grimes and breaching the injunction.

He was however returned to prison anyway for breaching his prison licence after being released from custody early.

Despite only being back in prison for less than a month, Dowling has breached his gang injunction once again after being caught making threatening phonecalls from inside jail.

He admitted to the incidents at court on May 7 and was sentenced to another 42 days in prison.

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Stephen Grimes was slapped with a gang injunction after an incident at the Elmridge Arms in Skelmersdale

This six week long sentence was added to the 42 day suspended sentence he received in April.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police posted about Dowling on the Skelmersdale Police Facebook page to make people in the area aware of his latest crimes.

The post said: "You might remember we recently posted about Joel Dowling.

"Dowling, 23, of no fixed abode, was sentenced in April for communicating with Steven Grimes.

"The pair had been handed a gang injunction in November banning them from talking – this followed their convictions for affray offences, committed in Skelmersdale in September.

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"Dowling had been at court in April and was given a 42-day suspended sentence but was returned to prison for breaching his prison licence.

"Since his return to jail, Dowling has been caught breaching his gang injunction (again!) by making threatening phone calls from his cell.

"He admitted the breach at court on May 7 and was sentenced to 42 days in prison plus the 42 day suspended sentence from his last breach totalling 84 days in prison."