Suspended sentence for man, 40

A POLICE community support officer was approached in the street by a man who produced a length of metal tubing and told him “not to worry about it”, a court was told.

The officer was speaking to a member of the public outside Northstead Flats in Scarborough at around 11pm on June 16 this year, when a drunken Paul Hindle approached, produced the six-inch long plastic handled length of tubing and said that he was after a resident of the flats.

Hindle, 40, of Gildercliffe, then placed the weapon back in his pocket and told the officer “not to worry about it”.

The officer called for back-up and Hindle was later arrested by police officers, telling them: “I was going to use it on someone, I was going to hurt him.”

Hindle appeared for sentencing, having previously admitted a charge of having an offensive weapon in a public place.

After Recorder James Baird said that he was prepared to suspend the custodial sentence the offence warranted, Toby Coupe, mitigating, said he had nothing to say.

The recorder told Hindle that, despite what he had said about not worrying, the courts did worry about people carrying offensive weapons because of the harm they can cause.

Hindle was sentenced to 16 weeks custody, suspended for two years, placed under 18 months supervision and ordered to attend a thinking skills programme.