Angry neighbour tipped man off mini-motorbike

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A man was tipped off a mini motorbike by a neighbour after he caused annoyance by riding up and down the street for 40 minutes.

Kevin Madden, who should not have been on the bike because he was banned from the road, then threatened the neighbour with a baseball bat.

Madden, 27, of Cunliffe Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified without insurance and threatening behaviour.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the incident happened on January 26 at 11.45am.

A man heard an engine start-up on Cunliffe Road. He saw Madden riding up and down the road and pavement for 40 minutes on a mini motorbike. The neighbour then went out and asked Madden to stop. Madden refused and rode forwards, ramming the neighbour on the shin and accelerating against him.

The neighbour took Madden’s hands off the handlebars. He then got hold of the bike and tilted it upwards, causing Madden to fall off backwards. Minutes later Madden appeared outside the neighbour’s home with a baseball bat.

Peter Manning, defending, said the mini motorbike was for Madden’s eldest child.

There had been problems with the bike so Madden made repairs and was test driving it up and down the street.

Mr Manning added: “There was a confrontation that ended up with Madden being thrown backwards onto the floor.

“His pride was injured, so he got the bat and stood outside the neighbour’s wall.”