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Drunken man made racially aggravated threats to bus driver

A man who threatened a Stagecoach bus driver in a racially aggravated manner has been given a suspended jail term.
Peterborough Magistrates court
Photo: John Baker

Wesley Spooner, 39, was so out of control that he had to be restrained by the driver and two passengers before police arrived at the city’s Chesterton Road.

Spooner appeared before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court in custody yesterday (June 7) to plead guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour, assaulting an emergency worker and another public order offence.

Prosecutor Paul Brown said Spooner, who was a passenger on the bus, asked the driver to stop and was told: “I will when it’s safe to do so.”

Enraged Spooner was then captured on CCTV offering to fight the driver and punching the Perspex door to the cab.

He yelled “I’m going to break in and kick your head in” and “I’m going to bite your face” before going back upstairs.

The driver asked a passenger to call the police and Spooner was persuaded to get off the bus.

“Once he was off he tried to get back on, punching and kicking the door,” said Mr Brown.

“[The driver] and two other passengers were forced to get off and restrain him on the pavement.”

Spooner assaulted a police officer while being put in a cell.

In an interview, the defendant, of Wetenhall Road, Cambridge, said he could not remember anything of the incident as he was drunk after having four cans of nine percent proof beer.

“He couldn’t remember from getting on the bus in Milton Keynes to waking up in custody,” said Mr Brown.

Andy Cave, mitigating, said his client had combat-related trauma and a “mental and physical compulsion to drink”.

The court was told Spooner’s life was now very different to when the incident took place on November 30 last year.

“He started his own driveway company in January and he’s now engaged to his partner,” said Mr Cave. “He says ‘I would welcome help to become abstinent'."

District Judge Ken Sheraton highlighted that the defendant had been ordered to undertake alcohol treatment requirements in 2014 and 2016.

Spooner was given 10 weeks’ custody for the racially aggravated threats and a further two weeks for assaulting the police officer. Both were suspended for two years.

There was no separate penalty for the other public order offence.

The defendant was ordered to do a six-month alcohol treatment requirement and up to 10 days of rehabilitation activities.

He was told to pay compensation of £250 to the bus driver and £100 to the police officer, and £233 in costs and victim surcharge.