Bike-twirling man avoids jail sentence

A MAN who emerged into a field twirling a bicycle over his head before threatening to kill a schoolgirl has avoided jail.

Wayne Ford-Jones, formerly of Scarborough and now of Queen Street, in Filey, went on to smash a window at his father’s home, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour and criminal damage in September and was remanded in custody for sentencing.

Prosecuting, Martin Butterworth, said: “The girl was in a playing field. She noticed a man who entered the field, he appeared to be carrying a cycle above his head.

“He started to spin it back over his head. He then threw it at the entrance gate three times apparently trying to cause damage to it.”

After the incident, Ford-Jones went to his father’s home and smashed a window when he found he was not in.

He told police he had been drinking in Scarborough before he had an argument with his girlfriend and travelled to Norton, where his family are based.

Mitigating, Ian Brickman said: “He accepts he was under the influence of alcohol. He does come across as a loud individual and can be quite alarming. He was upset and distressed with himself.”

Ford-Jones was given a 12 month community order, made to pay £85 costs and £25 compensation to his father.