Chesterfield pub-goers chased and “detained” metal bar-brandishing man

Drinkers at a Chesterfield pub chased and “detained” a man who appeared at the boozer “waving” a metal bar around as onlookers “cowered”, a court heard.

Friday, 6th May 2022, 4:13 pm

Phillip Sargeson, 38, brandished the weapon at Hasland’s Devonshire Arms on March 19, before running off across a garage forecourt into a shop.

Prosecutor Becky Allsop told Chesterfield Magistrates Court: “He was followed by occupants of the pub and detained at the store until police arrived.”

The court heard Sargeson’s behaviour had a “massive impact” on those who witnessed it.

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The court heard onlookers "cowered" as Sargeson brandished the weapon

District Judge Andrew Davison said: “They were frightened, they were cowering, he kept going back.”

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Sargeson, of Wordsworth Road, Newbold, admitted threatening behaviour.

The judge, adjourning the defendant’s sentence pending a probation report, added: “I need a report - there may be underlying issues.

“Whether it’s mental health or drink or drugs or all three.”

He was bailed unconditionally until May 26 - when he will be sentenced at Chesterfield Magistrates Court.

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