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Jailed: Axe-wielding Telford man, 22, threatened neighbour

By Aimee Jones | Telford | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A Telford father who threatened his neighbour and swung an axe at his front door has been jailed for six months.

Reece Bates, 22, of Brackenfield, Brookside, threw a punch at his next door neighbour, hit his door with an axe and caused damage to his car on May 18.

Wendy Miller, prosecuting, said Bates also threatened to set his victim’s house on fire and harm his family and pet dog.

“Mr Bates then swung a punch which the victim manage to block,” she told the court.

“He (the victim) pushed the defendant away and Mr Bates then walked back to his property for a short period. He reappeared in the front garden and was seen by the front gate which had been damaged.

“He walked to the front door with an axe in his hand and hit the front door several times. There was also damage caused to a car.

“An officer attended and Mr Bates made a number of alarming claims about the victim. He also suggested he heard voices that he should hurt someone.”

Bates was convicted of criminal damage, possession of a bladed weapon and common assault by Kidderminster magistrates on May 20.

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Kim Roberts, defending, said Bates has a partner and children, and regretted his actions.

“This is a man who can be rehabilitated and would benefit from the support that probation can give him,” she said.

“He is remorseful and regrets his actions.”

But Judge Jonathan Gosling said it was a very serious incident, based on an unfounded claim.

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“This appears to be an attack on a man who you suspected of doing something anti-social,” he said.

“You threatened his family with violence and threw a punch at your neighbour. You then got hold of an axe. To have a terrible weapon like that and then to take it out and use it was terrifying.

“It’s a very serious incident and involved a very serious weapon.”

Bates, who has been remanded in custody since May, was given a six-month sentence and a restraining order which prevents him from going within 500 yards of Brookside Avenue.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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