Halifax man pleads guilty to petrol station rampage

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A man’s drunken rampage in a Halifax petrol station has been described as “absolutely amazing” by a Calderdale magistrate.

Craig Derrick, 39, of West Parade, Halifax, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at the BP Undercliffe Service Station on Godley Lane, racial assault of the shop assistant and assault of a police officer when he appeared in Calderdale Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecution solicitor Stephen Rushton told the court that at around 12.30am on April 7 this year, Derrick got out of a taxi on the way back from his sister’s 50th birthday party and punched a window of the garage before entering the shop.

Derrick is then said to have racially abused the shop assistant before throwing a plastic bottle of milk at his face.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Derrick in the petrol station.

Mr Rushton said the defendant went wild in the shop for around ten minutes, throwing £200 worth of packets of crisps, magazines and confectionery on the floor.

Mr Derrick’s wife came into the shop to try and stop him but he pushed her to the floor.

Police officers then attended the scene and put him in a police car, but the court heard that Mr Derrick tried to escape the vehicle before punching one of the officers in the face and kicking him in the back of the head.

The officers then used a taser gun on Derrick’s back and leg to restrain him before he was put in the back of a police van, when he headbutted the cage in the back of the vehicle.

Defence solicitor Andrew Vanzie said Derrick had been goaded into having a drink at the party, and he doesn’t usually drink alcohol.

After viewing the CCTV footage of Derrick causing damage to the shop, chair of the magistrates Peter Alexander said: “Rarely am I shocked but that was incredible, absolutely amazing. It seemed to go on and on and on.”

Mr Derrick will appear at Bradford Crown Court on July 23.