Nightmare shopping trip for couple attacked in Tesco

Nightmare shopping trip for couple attacked in Tesco

Nightmare shopping trip for couple attacked in Tesco

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A SHOPPING trip turned into a nightmare for a couple who were attacked by a 24-year-old who had drunk more than five cans of strong lager.

Lee Potts and Nicola Miller were attacked by Mark Bate, of Watkin Street, Fairfield, while shopping in Tesco Extra, on Winwick Road, on a Saturday afternoon on March 22.

Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, said: “Mr Potts was chatting when a male barged into his shoulder.

“He turned around and said “hey mate that was a bit harsh” the defendant replied “what’s your problem?”.

“He walked towards him aggressively with clenched fists and said “don’t you know who I am”.

“The victim told him he didn’t care who he was but he continued to be aggressive.”

After an initial scuffle that broke the gold chain around Mr Potts neck staff intervened and sent the victim to the customer service section to pay for his goods.

Bate was still being restrained by staff and continued to shout across the store.

Eventually he broke free and ran across and took a swing at Mr Potts.

Miss Miller, who was stood in front of her partner, fell to the floor in the fracas injuring her back and wrist.

Mr Potts brought Bate to the floor and hit him three times to stop him retaliating further.

In interview Bate said he had drunk five cans of beer and a few pints of lager too.

Halton Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday how he was also apologetic during the interview for his behaviour.

Bate was a man of previous good character said Tom Howard defending.

He added: “The circumstances of this offence are somewhat peculiar and largely out of character. He has expressed his remorse to me.

“He has suffered from the loss of his father and has had mental health issues he has treatment for.

“There is some hope for him in the future, he is hoping to do a catering course at college.”

Bate was ordered to complete a 12 month community order with supervision and a support for change course along with a 12 week curfew from 3pm to midnight.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and compensation of £150 along with a £60 victim surcharge.

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8:54am Fri 9 May 14

Simon27476 says...

Such a lovable rogue........
Such a lovable rogue........ Simon27476
  • Score: -15

10:22am Fri 9 May 14

richiepooh says...

Wouldn't have happened had he smoked marijuana instead of drinking booze...sad standards in today's society regulated by those who don't know what they are talking about.
Wouldn't have happened had he smoked marijuana instead of drinking booze...sad standards in today's society regulated by those who don't know what they are talking about. richiepooh
  • Score: -17

2:24pm Fri 9 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

When he pays his fine can he get points on his Tesco loyalty card?
When he pays his fine can he get points on his Tesco loyalty card? Nick Tessla
  • Score: -2

9:17pm Fri 9 May 14

dodobird says...

I love the way that lawyers make excuses for their idiot clients behaviour. A lot of people have problems in their lives, they don't go out, **** to the gills and pick a fight with someone. This guy is a loser.
I love the way that lawyers make excuses for their idiot clients behaviour. A lot of people have problems in their lives, they don't go out, **** to the gills and pick a fight with someone. This guy is a loser. dodobird
  • Score: 39

9:55pm Fri 9 May 14

Knowmenot says...

Answer - go to a more upmarket shopping area where these people cannot buy cheap booze at the store where they target shoppers. There are many other brands to choose from. Some more expensive and some much cheaper. All are safer.
Answer - go to a more upmarket shopping area where these people cannot buy cheap booze at the store where they target shoppers. There are many other brands to choose from. Some more expensive and some much cheaper. All are safer. Knowmenot
  • Score: -12

9:14am Sat 10 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

Knowmenot wrote:
Answer - go to a more upmarket shopping area where these people cannot buy cheap booze at the store where they target shoppers. There are many other brands to choose from. Some more expensive and some much cheaper. All are safer.
Pimms- louts at Waitrose?

Drunken behaviour is not decided by social or economic class. Being a pleb, I shop at Tesco, Aldi etc. without being s***faced and only very rarely encountering anyone who is.
[quote][p][bold]Knowmenot[/bold] wrote: Answer - go to a more upmarket shopping area where these people cannot buy cheap booze at the store where they target shoppers. There are many other brands to choose from. Some more expensive and some much cheaper. All are safer.[/p][/quote]Pimms- louts at Waitrose? Drunken behaviour is not decided by social or economic class. Being a pleb, I shop at Tesco, Aldi etc. without being s***faced and only very rarely encountering anyone who is. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 21

5:18pm Sat 10 May 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

"do you know who I am" lol someone who is about to get his faced caved in if he had said that to me. What a dunce I wished I was shopping that day! couple of pints and a few cans what a light weight get back to Manc you k**b and get a grip.
"do you know who I am" lol someone who is about to get his faced caved in if he had said that to me. What a dunce I wished I was shopping that day! couple of pints and a few cans what a light weight get back to Manc you k**b and get a grip. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 11

10:07am Sun 11 May 14

local man says...

Tesco does feature more in the WG than other supermarkets when it comes to violent outbursts, but town center location probably a factor.

And anyway DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
Tesco does feature more in the WG than other supermarkets when it comes to violent outbursts, but town center location probably a factor. And anyway DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM? local man
  • Score: 3

10:21am Sun 11 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

local man wrote:
Tesco does feature more in the WG than other supermarkets when it comes to violent outbursts, but town center location probably a factor.

And anyway DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
No dear but if you ask the nurse she will be able to tell you

(Apparently that is the response Ronald Reagan, when he was president, got when he was visiting an old people's home and asked a resident)
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: Tesco does feature more in the WG than other supermarkets when it comes to violent outbursts, but town center location probably a factor. And anyway DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?[/p][/quote]No dear but if you ask the nurse she will be able to tell you (Apparently that is the response Ronald Reagan, when he was president, got when he was visiting an old people's home and asked a resident) Nick Tessla
  • Score: 1

1:07pm Sun 11 May 14

opinionater95 says...

People deal with things differently no one know what others have been through and who are we to judge. We all make mistakes.
People deal with things differently no one know what others have been through and who are we to judge. We all make mistakes. opinionater95
  • Score: -12

12:08pm Tue 13 May 14

Squashking says...

opinionater95 wrote:
People deal with things differently no one know what others have been through and who are we to judge. We all make mistakes.
We judge because the average person doesn't go out causing fights just because he may of had a hard time in his life. If we all acted out because of what we have been through over the years then its ok is it!

Lets face it....this is an excuse just so he "get's off" with the crime.
[quote][p][bold]opinionater95[/bold] wrote: People deal with things differently no one know what others have been through and who are we to judge. We all make mistakes.[/p][/quote]We judge because the average person doesn't go out causing fights just because he may of had a hard time in his life. If we all acted out because of what we have been through over the years then its ok is it! Lets face it....this is an excuse just so he "get's off" with the crime. Squashking
  • Score: 9

4:25pm Sun 18 May 14

MrBenggo says...

Always a hard luck story for an excuse,every time,there should be a competition amongst lawyers,who can tell the best sob story.
Always a hard luck story for an excuse,every time,there should be a competition amongst lawyers,who can tell the best sob story. MrBenggo
  • Score: 6

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