Screwdriver thug handed jail term

Anthony Raynor

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A MAN trying to escape three men who chased him and threatened to stab him, ended up on the wrong side of the law.

Anthony Raynor grabbed a screwdriver while being pursued – and then was involved in a scuffle at Frankie and Benny’s in Blackpool.

The restaurant was busy with families at the time – and the judge dealing with the case at Preston Crown Court said the experience must have been terrifying for diners.

Judge Graham Knowles made his comments as he jailed 33-year-old Raynor of the Promenade, Blackpool, for almost three months.

Part of the jail term included 48 days activated from an earlier suspended sentence.

He had admitted offences of using threatening behaviour and possessing heroin.

Brendan O’Leary, prosecuting, said Raynor entered the restaurant at Rigby Road, one evening in February.

At one point, one of the men opened a door and tried to kick the defendant, who responded by jabbing the screwdriver at him.

Police were called and he was arrested.

While being booked in at a police custody desk, Raynor was seen putting something in his mouth. It turned out he had three wraps of heroin.

Paul Humphries, defending, said Raynor’s girlfriend had a row with the men and he had gone to try to sort things out and ended up punched to the face.

He had run off, with the men threatening to stab him. As he ran past scaffolding on Tyldesley Road, he spotted a screwdriver and took hold of it.

He went in to Frankie and Benny’s to seek refuge.

Mr Humphries added: “He heard suggestions he was to be stabbed. It is perhaps not surprising while running past scaffolding and seeing a screwdriver, that he picked it up, in case he needed to defend himself with it.

“The defendant was defending himself in the first place from attack, but clearly went too far in what he did.”

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