Clitheroe car park kiss leads to attack

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A passionate embrace on a Clitheroe store car park came to a painful end for the would-be Romeo.

Blackburn magistrates heard the kiss was witnessed by the female’s ex-partner who launched a ferocious attack on his rival.

Peter Akroyd repeatedly punched and kicked Philip Nuttall as the woman in their lives, Anne Webster, screamed at him to stop.

Akroyd (55), of Moor Edge, Bingley, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Nuttall. He was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, made subject to community supervision for 12 months and ordered to pay £450 compensation and £780 costs. The magistrates also made a restraining order for two years which bans him from having any contact with Miss Webster or Mr Nuttall.

Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Mr Nuttall and Miss Webster had worked together for 20 years. On the day of the incident they had been in the Emporium for a coffee and were walking across the Sainsbury’s car park when Mr Nuttall suddenly felt a blow to his head.

“He could hear Anne screaming and realised he was being punched and then kicked as he sank to his hands and knees,” said Miss Allan. “He told police he saw the aggrieved kissing his partner which he found upsetting.”

Graeme Parkinson (defending) said what Akroyd actually saw was his partner in a passionate embrace with another man. “Faced with that he lost his self control,” said Mr Parkinson. “You may be able to understand although not excuse the way he reacted.” He said Akroyd was currently living with his daughter, but hoped to return to his former home in East Lancashire.