Scrap dealer took axe to his rival’s van

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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Two men locked in a long-standing row over scrap metal ended up in a confrontation in which an axe was used to damage a van.

Blue Grimster felt he had been driven at by a rival scrap metal merchant.

So the 20-year-old, of Eden Avenue,Fleetwood, picked up an axe and hit the side of another man’s transit van, causing damage to panels.

The two men clashed and exchanged a torrent of abuse at the scrap yard on The Sidings,in Fleetwood, Blackpool Magistrates Court was told.

Grimster admitted criminal damage and possessing an offensive weapon – the axe which he used to damage the van.

He was given an eight-week jail term suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community.

He was also told to pay £365 compensation and costs.

The court was told the clash was over the two men previously working together.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said:”My client has a history of cannabis misuse.

“He does not however blame this for this incident.”

“There has been a long-running row between my client and Mr Reeves. My client believes he was not paid the money he was due when he worked for Mr Reeves.”

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