Angry driver tracked down and attacked parking attendant over ticket

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AN UNEMPLOYED dock worker said he is “ashamed and embarrassed” for losing his rag with a traffic warden who put a ticket on his car in Sunderland City Centre.

Kirby Bleasdale subjected Sunderland City Council enforcement officer Neil Cormack to a tirade of abuse, grabbed him with both hands and screamed in his face, Sunderland magistrates heard.

The 48-year-old lost his temper on December 30, when he returned to the car he parked in a loading bay in Derwent Street, to he had been given a ticket, prosecutor John McGlone said.

Mr McGlone told magistrates that Mr Cormack had resumed his patrol and didn’t realise Bleasdale had followed him.

He said: “Mr Cormack noticed a blue Megane parked behind him. The defendant said ‘Was it you who gave me a ticket in Derwent Street?’.

“He put both his hands on Mr Cormack and Mr Cormack put his left hand on the man’s chest.

“Mr Cormack believed he was going to assault him.

“He was shouting and swearing at him, telling him to go down a back lane so he could smash his face in.”

Mr McGlone told the court that a bus driver stopped to come to the warden’s help.

He added: “By now, a bus had stopped as the driver had seen how aggressive the defendant was.

“The driver stopped in case he was assaulted, but the defendant left the area.

“He shouted and swore at the warden again.” Bleasdale, of Wyndsor Road, Westlea, Seaham, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence.

His solicitor, Chris Wilson, said he had recently lost his job at the dry dock at Hartlepool marina and had been entitled to park in the loading bay because he was collecting goods from a shop.

He said: “There was a frank discussion.

“Words were exchanged and it became unpleasant.

“He has admitted that his behaviour went over the top, he lost his resolve on this day.

“He is ashamed and embarrassed of his behaviour on this occasion.”

Bleasdale was fined £110 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.