Knuckle-duster threat man is sentenced

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A holidaymaker, who threatened a pub doorman with a knuckleduster, admitted possessing an offensive weapon when he appeared before magistrates in Skegness last week.

Peter Ridge, 20, of Aspley Lane, Nottingham was ejected from the Skegness public house at 10.30pm on October 24 last year for what was said to be ‘inappropriate behaviour’ in the ladies’ toilets.

The pub then put up a locked gate in front of the entrance door but Ridge came back about 10 or 20 minutes later, put a knuckleduster on his fists and threatened the doorman through the gate.

Mitigating, Gary Farmer said Ridge had been on holiday with his family and had had too much to drink and got into a dispute with the doorman and been thrown out.

Mr Farmer said Ridge threatened the doorman but he was behind the locked gate and there was no way he could have carried it out.

The magistrates heard from probation officer Mark Davies, who said that in his view it was an isolated incident.

He said that Ridge had the knuckleduster because at one time he had been on the fringe of the Nottingham gang culture but he had since removed himself from it.

The magistrates imposed a six month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work for the community and ordered Ridge to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.