Spanner-wielding Sunderland chef arrested after ‘ugly and unpleasant altercation’

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A CHEF armed himself with a spanner and took to the streets to find the person who had assaulted him.

Abdul Shanoor did not find his intended target, but ended up waving the weapon around while threatening a stranger in Sunderland city centre.

The 24-year-old, who has no prior convictions, did not harm anyone during the incident, which was captured CCTV.

But at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday recorder Simon Preston told him: “It was an ugly and unpleasant altercation.”

Shanoor, who works as a chef at his uncle’s take-away restaurant in the city, was sentenced to a 12- month community order with 200 hours’ unpaid work and £150 costs.

Prosecutor Diane Spence told the court a doorman at the Glass Spider nightclub saw the trouble, which had erupted outside the bar.

Miss Spence said: “He was looking outside and saw four males arguing and gesturing to fight.

“One of the men seemed to have a large spanner in his hand and was waving it around, shouting, swearing and threatening one of the other males.”

Shanoor was arrested and told police he had been assaulted earlier that night, April 28, so he and three friends had gone out in a car looking for his attacker.

Shanoor, of Rosslyn Terrace, Sunderland, admitted having an offensive weapon and a public order offence.

The judge told him: “From the CCTV footage I have seen you presented, unlike today, a pretty frightening sight.

“Taking weapons out into the street, in whatever circumstances, even if you have been the victim of a minor assault, is unacceptable.

“If people take weapons out into the streets and start behaving aggressively mayhem and injury can ensue.”

Graham O’Sullivan, defending, said Shanoor works a six-day week at the restaurant and feels remorse for what he did.