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Drunk Lakes bar lout attacked owner, staff member and spat on PC

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who attacked a Lake District bar owner, assaulted a member of his staff and then spat on a police officer after he was arrested has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Jamie Tomlinson, 22, initially pushed his friend into a bush as the pair argued while drinking at the Crafty Baa in Windermere on July 31, 2019.

Bar owner Vincent Gregg was asked to attended by employee Tina Clement. He tried to lead her inside the premises after an incident involving Tomlinson, who then punched Mr Gregg once to the face and then pushed Miss Clement, causing her to fall over and suffer bruising.

Mr Gregg suffered a split nose from the “forceful” blow which required three stitches and left him with a scar. He later described feeling “traumatised” by the attack, while Miss Clement spoke of being left anxious and worried.

Tomlinson, of Brown Cow Laithe, Hawkshead, admitted an actual bodily harm assault on Mr Gregg and common assault on Miss Clement. He also admitted assaulting a PC who was hit on the head and shoulder by spittle as Tomlinson spat at officers from a cell after being arrested.

He was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI), when his barrister spoke of a “very difficult upbringing”, his regret and remorse for the bar assaults and an absence of previous convictions.

After hearing all submissions, Recorder Katherine Pierpoint suspended a 10-month jail term for 18 months, and ordered Tomlinson to complete unpaid work and rehabilitation.

“You had clearly been drinking to excess,” said the judge, “and to put it bluntly you couldn’t handle your drink. You acted in a violent, appalling and aggressive manner.”

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