Man locked up af­ter lung­ing with a fork at se­cu­rity guard

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AMAN has been de­tained un­der a men­tal health or­der af­ter at­tack­ing a su­per­mar­ket se­cu­rity guard with a metal fork.

Adam James Har­wood, 22, was con­fronted by se­cu­rity of­fi­cer An­drew Clarke af­ter he was heard ‘swear­ing and shout­ing’ in front of young chil­dren out­side Tesco in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

But as Mr Clarke ap­proached the de­fen­dant he lashed out with his fists, the court heard. His be­hav­iour then es­ca­lated and he lunged to­wards Mr Clarke us­ing a metal fork, mag­is­trates were told.

Har­wood, who has learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, was even­tu­ally dragged away from the scene by his mother, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Har­wood, of Hamp­shire Walk, Up­ton Pri­ory, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing and us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive or in­sult­ing words or be­hav­iour with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence.

The in­ci­dent, on July 1 last year, took place while Har­wood was serv­ing a sus­pended sen­tence he was given for af­fray in 2014.

At Ch­ester Crown Court on March 4, Har­wood was given a hos­pi­tal or­der and de­tained un­der sec­tion 37 of the Men­tal Health Act.

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court, Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “At 5.30pm on July 1 the se­cu­rity guard saw the de­fen­dant with a fe­male. He was shout­ing and swear­ing.

“There were moth­ers and small chil­dren around so Mr Clarke ap­proached the de­fen­dant to talk to him about his be­hav­iour.

“The de­fen­dant lashed out, swing­ing four punches at him. For­tu­nately Mr Clarke was able to move out of the way and the punches missed him.

“Shortly af­ter­wards a car­rier bag flew past Mr Clarke’s head and hit a wall.

“The de­fen­dant then pulled a metal fork out of a bag and kept lung­ing to­wards Mr Clarke.

“The se­cu­rity guard tried to re­strain him. His mother then in­ter­vened and took him away. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on CCTV.

“When he was ar­rested the de­fen­dant de­nied as­sault­ing the se­cu­rity guard be­cause he had made no con­tact with him.

“Of­fi­cers ex­plained that you don’t have to make con­tact for it to be as­sault.

“He also ini­tially de­nied throw­ing the car­rier bag at the vic­tim, but told them he had sim­ply thrown it on the floor.

“He ad­mit­ted to po­lice to drink­ing two pints of lager and a short of whisky be­fore the in­ci­dent.”

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