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Violent Penrith man brandished hammer as children looked on

[A] PENRITH man who brandished two hammers during a violent incident which unfolded in front of children has been spared immediate prison.

Zane Tinkler, 24, made threats and lunged towards another man with the tools after learning he was the new partner of his ex-girlfriend.

Tinkler’s criminal conduct, just before 9am on 23rd June, was seen by a number of shocked witnesses on a main road into Penrith.

Carlisle Crown Court heard the onlookers included Tinkler’s own children, and a woman walking past the scene with her grandson.

Having admitted charges of affray and possession of offensive weapons, he was sentenced today (FRI) by Recorder Philip Curran.

Having considered background information, Recorder Curran opted to give Tinkler “a chance”.

A 15-month prison term was suspended for two years, and he must complete unpaid work, a rehabilitation requirement and a thinking skills course.

But Tinkler, of Lark Lane, Penrith, was told by the judge: “What you did was an assault on the public just as much as it was an assault on that young man.”

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