A man who went on a ‘violent rampage’ across Goldthorpe is now serving over four years behind bars after neighbourhood officers found him hiding on an allotment.
Danny Lee Green, 22, of Welfare View, Goldthorpe, rode his motorbike around Goldthorpe one evening in March last year, carrying an extendable baton, which he threatened numerous people with, injuring one.
Green appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 2 May, where he was due to stand trial for three days. However, he entered guilty pleas to assault, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage. He was jailed for a total of four years and two months.
PC Andrew Cliffe, from Barnsley CID, explains how officers tracked down Green and brought him before the courts.
“One evening last March, we had a call from a member of the public to say Green was riding his motorbike round Goldthorpe in a violent rampage, carrying an extendable baton. It then transpired that he had chased a man, thought to be known to him, to the BP garage.
“The victim was so scared in fact that he ran into the garage shop, hiding behind the counter. Green went into the shop, threatening staff with the baton before smashing a window.
“Just 30 minutes later, a further incident was reported, this time at The Rusty Dudley pub on Doncaster Road. Green began a heated argument with a man outside the pub before other people came outside to try and diffuse the situation. As they did, Green struck one man with the metal baton, breaking his arm as the victim tried to defend himself.
“Through extensive CCTV analysis and descriptions from witnesses Green was quickly identified as the offender and wanted markers were placed on him and traffic markers his motorbike on the national police database.
“Six days later, through further information and intelligence gathered, we arrested Green at an allotment in Goldthorpe, where he was found trying to hide in a shed.
“This was by all accounts a traumatic incident for those involved and could’ve resulted in serious injury. I’m pleased we’ve been able to bring Green before the courts and that he has been handed a substantial sentence for his crimes.”
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