Festive curfew after argument at resort shop

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A Blackpool man will be on a curfew over Christmas after a violent incident at a charity shop.

John Sharman was carrying out work for the community as part of probation from a suspended sentence when a disagreement with a deputy manager broke out.

The work at the Shelter shop on Talbot Road was being done as part of his punishment for an affray following a football match between Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday last year.

He has now been put on a three month curfew by a judge.

The 46-year-old, of Peter Street, Blackpool had been committed by magistrates for sentencing at Preston Crown Court for an offence of common assault.

The latest offence arose on May 21. Lisa Worsley, prosecuting, said the victim was working as a supervisor that day.

An argument went on to develop between him and a woman about how the defendant should deal with goods in the shop and how they should be displayed and sold.

She went on to tell him not to do as he was doing and was said to have responded with abuse.

The woman texted her manager to let him know what had happened. He responded by saying Sharman was not to take any electrical items home from the shop.

The defendant returned to the shop that afternoon, explaining he had made arrangements to take electrical items home with him. He was told that would not happen and left calmly.

Five minutes later he returned and asked for the manager’s phone number. He walked towards a back room door.

The woman moved in front of the door and took steps to lock the store room.

In a basis of plea, the defendant stated he had tried to move her out of the way and put a hand on her shoulders, but couldn’t move her. There was further abuse and he left the shop.

Nick Kennedy, defending, said his client had normally been supervised by someone called Gary, with whom he had built up a rapport.

At the time he had done 196 of the required 250 hours of unpaid work.

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