‘Muppet’ jibe led to axe attack

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A scrap-metal war came to a head when one dealer took an axe and used it to smash in the side of another dealer’s Ford Transit van.

Blue Grimster saw red when the other dealer arrived at a scrap metal yard in Fleetwood and flew at his rival’s van wielding an axe, shouting “muppet.”

The other dealer managed to reverse at speed from the yard in Sidings Road, Fleetwood, and eventually escaped after Grimster had bashed in the van’s side panel.

Grimster, 20, of Eden Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon and causing damage.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

Nicola Corney, prosecuting, said Grimster started shouting abuse when the other dealer drove into the yard on Sidings Road on January 22.

There was a passenger in the vehicle at the time as well as the driver.

Grimster caused £400 to a side-panel on the van with the axe.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said: “The other dealer used to employ my client and they fell out over the price of some scrap-metal.”

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