Clitheroe boy (16) punched in face in unprovoked attack by man (26)

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A CLITHEROE man approached a teenager in the street and after asking “Alright mate?”, punched him in the face.

Blackburn magistrates heard that, minutes later, 26-year-old Craig Robert Fairhurst falsely accused another teenager of stealing his mobile phone and chased him into a nearby takeaway.

The terrified boy held the door shut as Fairhurst tried to force it open and smashed a pane of glass in the door.

Fairhurst, of Mitchell Street, Clitheroe, admitted assaulting the 16-year-old and criminal damage to the takeaway window. He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months and ordered to pay £100 in compensation.

Mr Peter Wild (prosecuting) said the 16-year-old was walking towards the martial arts centre about 7-30 p.m. when he was approached by Fairhurst, whom he had never met before. After the seemingly friendly greeting, the boy was punched without warning.

A short time later, the other boy and his 13-year-old friend were approached by Fairhurst who accused the boy of having his phone. “He didn’t have the faintest idea what he was talking about,” said Mr Wild. “The boy was upset and ran into a nearby takeaway and tried to stop the defendant from getting in.”

Miss Angela Rossi (defending) said, at the time of the incident, her client was clearly not well. “He was suffering from the early onset of psychosis and it is because of these offences there has now been some intervention by the mental health services,” said Miss Rossi.