Drunk thug shouts ‘I’m a gangster’ and threatens to pull knife out in front of children

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A drunk shouted ‘I’m a gangster’ before threatening to pull a knife out in front a woman and her ‘terrified’ children.

Geoffrey Riley also pushed a commercial-sized wheelie bin into parked cars during his 54th breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Pest Riley, 53, became the first person on Tyneside to receive the order back in 2015 and was banned from drinking in public or causing a nuisance to people for three years.

But a court heard drunk Riley, who has 159 past convictions for 234 offences, entered Lloyds Pharmacy on the West Road, Newcastle, on January 3 and threatened the female customer.

The serial menace then told staff to ‘shut their f***ing mouths’, who were forced to hold the door as he continued to punch it to get back in after being kicked out.

Police took Riley, 53, back home to Bentinck Terrace, Elswick, and told him to stay there.

But just a few hours later he was back in the car park of Asda, in Mill Lane, Benwell.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting at South East Northumberland Magistrates’s Court, said he was being abusive to customers and was asked to move away.

‘The defendant has shouted “Come on then” and raised his fists in a confronting manner,’ Mr Poppett said.

‘The defendant then took hold of an industrial sized wheelie bin and pushed it into parked cars while shouting “Exercises”.

‘It’s hit two parked cars and caused damage. The defendant, for reasons best known to him, then began to shout “Allah”.’

However, the Crown don’t seek to allege this is a racially or religiously related offence.

‘Police attended and see the defendant staggering around, holding a bottle of White Lightning cider and shouting and screaming at the public.’

Riley was subsequently arrested but shouted ‘Go f*** yourself, you big, fat c*** when he was detained.

He is facing prison after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal damage, two public order offences and two counts breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

The court was told that Riley had also breached his CBO by being found slumped and drinking in the street on two occasions on Christmas Day.

Jonathan Pickford, defending, said Riley was an alcoholic, who had a long and complicated offending history.

The solicitor added: ‘What we do have is someone who has been a law-abiding citizen for a long period of time. He only comes to the court’s attention very late in life. He is now 53.’

Magistrates committed Riley to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence and he was remanded in custody to next appear there next month.

Courtesy: metro.co.uk

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