Man is jailed after throwing concrete chunk

AN Alfreton man is behind bars after he threw a chunk of concrete at a resident angered by car vandals.

David Tomlinson confronted a group of young men including Daniel Holmes and asked if they had been smashing wing mirrors off parked cars.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that Holmes denied it and lost his cap as he and his pal, Daniel Harvey, ran away.

Mr Tomlinson said that whoever owned the cap could collect it from his home and he later saw Holmes and another man outside his address. Holmes threw a lump of concrete at Mr Tomlinson, who ducked. It struck his Vauxhall Combo van, damaging a rear door.

Mrs Griffiths said the pair ran off and were chased to King Street by Mr Tomlinson, who flagged down a passing police car.

Holmes, of Ellesmere Avenue, had denied charges of assault and damage but he was convicted after failing to attend his trial on December 5. He was jailed for 16 weeks. In mitigation, Lynford Fuller said he was confronted by Mr Tomlinson and another man about the broken wing mirrors and punched in the face. Holmes had previous convictions for damage, burglary, threatening behaviour and possessing cannabis.