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Council worker's car targeted by alcoholic, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.

A COUNCIL worker says she has been left frightened of doing her job after an alcoholic warned her “you better start running” and vandalised her car.

A COUNCIL worker says she has been left frightened of doing her job after an alcoholic warned her “you better start running” and vandalised her car.

Ross Gardner, of Whitebeam Road, Chelmsley Wood, smashed the vehicle’s windows with a brick ‘‘in anger’’ when the female anti social behaviour officer visited him at home on April 13. The 22-year-old was then arrested after he kicked a police officer in the leg, Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

Baldev Atwal, prosecuting, said: “The anti social behaviour officer was visiting the address of the defendant’s parents. The defendant entered the home and became aggressive, trying to make his way towards the officer.”

Mr Atwal said Gardner was then heard shouting ‘‘I know which car is yours’’ before going to the vehicle and kicking the driver’s door. He then started to walk away but returned, saying to the officer ‘‘you didn’t notice I had come back did you? You better start running, I am coming for you,’’ the court was told.

In a statement, the victim described Gardner’s eyes as ‘‘bulging and contorted.’’

He then picked up a brick and threw it in the council worker’s direction, narrowly missing her and breaking the car windows.

Mr Atwal added: “[The council worker] is now afraid of being alone with other [clients].”

Philip Haycock, defending, said his client’s offences were committed while ‘‘in drink’’. He told magistrates Gardner was ‘‘remorseful’’.

The defendant pleaded guilty to criminal damage and a separate offence of assaulting a police office. He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was also made subject to a supervision requirement for 18 months, told to attend an alcohol treatment programme for 18 months and pay £350 compensation.

 

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