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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Motorist spat in Carlisle car park attendant's face

A motorist who told a car park attendant he would “rip his head off” after he was given a ticket has been jailed for two months.

Magistrates heard how Mark Bird, 29, was furious when he returned to his car on February 1 and found attendant Daniel Jackson, 19, giving him a ticket at the Iceland supermarket car park on Lowther Street, Carlisle.

Bird had no ticket displayed but he immediately began yelling at Mr Jackson, aggressively demanding that the ticket be cancelled, said prosecutor Pam Ward.

She said: “Mr Bird pushed the attendant in the chest and then spat in his face. Mr Jackson felt fearful of further assault.

“The defendant then proceeded to throw punches at Mr Jackson. The punches did make contact but they didn’t injure the attendant.”

As he defended himself, the teenager pushed back the other man, but rings on his fingers injured the defendant’s face.

When he was interviewed later by police, Bird, of Eden Park Crescent, Botcherby, said that he and a friend arrived at the car park but found they had no change.

“They said they had gone to Iceland to purchase goods and when he returned to the car park he’d approached [Mr Jackson] and shouted at him. He couldn’t remember what he said but admitted swearing.

“He confirmed that he had pushed Mr Jackson, saying that when he shouts spit comes out.”

He agreed that the was aggressive and throwing punches but he was punched once in the face.

Keith Thomas, for Bird, who admitted using threatening behaviour, said his client regretted the incident, which he described as a storm in a teacup.

He said Bird, who lives with his partner and two young children, was disgusted with himself.

Presiding magistrate Marcia Reid Fotheringham told Bird: “This was an unprovoked attack, directed at somebody who was serving the public – he was doing his job.”

Commenting after the case, Mr Jackson said: “You do get stick in this job, but 50 per cent of people who get tickets just accept it. I’ve had tickets myself and boiled about it and it takes a day or two to calm down afterwards.

“But I shouldn’t have to fight to do my job.”

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