Sunderland charity champ’s Facebook row led to knife charge

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A MAN who was publicly praised for his charity fund-raising has appeared in court for brandishing a knife in the street.

Craig Isherwood, pictured, hit the headlines just weeks ago for running a half marathon in aid of Sunderland Royal Hospital’s coronary department.

He and three pals took part in the 13.2 mile run in June.

But the 26-year-old was facing a charge of having an article with a blade or point, which he admitted.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Isherwood had taken a knife into the street after a Facebook row last August.

Prosecutor Glenda Turnbull told the court Isherwood had been involved in an online argument with Adam Taylor Urch on the social networking site.

The row ended with Isherwood threatening to fight Adam’s uncle, John Taylor.

Miss Turnbull told the court: “The defendant attended the home address of Adam Taylor Urch and there had been a confrontation with John Taylor, the uncle, in the front street, during which time Craig Isherwood produced a knife from his sock.

“Mr Taylor tried to run around his van, which was parked in the street.

“He lost his footing and slipped. At that point the defendant stood over him with the knife in his hand.

“Mr Taylor got back to his feet, at which point Isherwood replaced the knife in his sock, apologised and said it wasn’t him he was after but Adam.”

Isherwood, of Ashwood Avenue, Sunderland, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours unpaid work.

Mr Recorder Ben Nolan told him: “A knife is always serious”.

Glen Gatland, defending, said Isherwood had lost his temper that day after a group of men had gone to his home address and banged on the door looking for someone, which distressed his wife.

Mr Gatland said Isherwood, who has convictions for 64 offences, has been out of trouble since the incident, which was almost a year ago.

Mr Gatland said: “He has been in the Sunderland Echo for running a half marathon, raising a considerable amount for charity.

“He has been praised for the efforts he is making in raising money for charity.”

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