Sunday Sun

Lout threatened shop worker with hammer


AN angry lout pulled out a hammer after telling a supermarke­t worker he would “smash his face in”.

Anthony Nichol turned aggressive when the Asda security guard informed him the store would soon be closing. The 35-year-old, who has racked up 176 conviction­s on his lengthy criminal record, then made the threat before the worker managed to shut the entrance doors and lock him out.

But Nichol didn’t walk away and instead pulled out a hammer, which he later claimed he was carrying because he’d been doing work on his shed.

Nichol, of Dugdale Court, in Kenton, was arrested and was due at North Tyneside Magistrate­s’ Court on Thursday to face an public order allegation but he failed to show up as he was

“feeling sick”.

Instead, his solicitor, Lewis Pearson, entered a guilty plea to the charge on Nichol’s behalf.

The court heard that Nichol was with a female in Asda, in Gosforth, at around 4pm on November 27 last year. A security guard began to follow the pair after staff had informed him that they were acting suspicious­ly. Both turned aggressive when told the store was closing and when the doors were closed and locked, Nichol appeared to pull a metal object from his pocket. The police were called and he was found to have a small hammer on his person.

Magistrate­s adjourned the case for the preparatio­n of a pre-sentence report and Nichol was released on unconditio­nal bail to appear at the same court on March 17.

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