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Man who threw smoke grenade at police van sentenced

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Media captionThe police camera van captured the effects of the smoke on the road.

A man who threw a smoke grenade at a police safety camera van has been sentenced.

Jake Sarup, 22, of Foxholes, near Driffield in North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at York Crown Court to causing a public nuisance.

Sarup had thrown the lit grenade from the back of a car he was in on the A64, near Sherburn, in September 2015.

He was given a 12-month community order and told he must complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

The camera van captured the incident on film, revealing the effects of the smoke on the road.

North Yorkshire Police said Sarup's actions had been both "irresponsible and dangerous" and the reduced visibility caused by the smoke could have caused a major collision.

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