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Drunk man attacked customers on Christmas Day

Malvern Editorial 14th May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DRUNK man smashed a shop window before assaulting two customers on Christmas Day, a court has heard.

Hadleigh Pedder-Elwell, of Elgar Avenue in Malvern, attended the Premier Stores on December 25 where he kicked the bottom pane of glass, causing it to smash, and told a member of staff the damage was caused by children.

The 22-year-old then went over to two men in the freezer section and had a brief conversation with them before punching one in the face, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (May 9).

A second man stepped forward to try and calm the situation but Pedder-Elwell grabbed him and pushed him down the aisle, before proceeding to argue with the pair, the court also heard.

Police were called to the Elgar Avenue store and, despite the defendant not being there, CCTV images picked him up and officers later arrested him.

Pedder-Elwell was given a 12-month community order with supervision, including a specific activity of ten days to reduce violence and banned from Premier Store for 12 months after pleading guilty to two charges of assault.

Charles Royal, defending solicitor, said: “He accepts the charges on the basis of what he’s been shown on the CCTV.

“He has had problems in the past and most of those have been born out of alcohol, but he hasn’t touched a drink since this incident.”

Pedder-Elwell was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury added: “This was a completely unprovoked attack and you were clearly very drunk at the time.”

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