A sex offender headbutted the dock, branded a sheriff a specky **** then brawled with court security officers when he was told he was going to prison. Kyle Leonard, 20, had been handed a community-based sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court after he admitted having sex with three underage girls but was arrested and hauled back to court last November facing further charges. Those charges ended up being dropped but he was locked up for breaching his earlier orders.
When Sheriff George Way then told him he was being remanded in custody to await further proceedings, Leonard flipped. Leonard appeared back in the same dock where he had lashed out at the lawman facing a threatening and abusive behaviour charge the second time he has been convicted of abusing a sheriff in identical circumstances. Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told the court: Sheriff Way decided to remand him in custody and the accused was clearly unhappy and began to shout and swear.
He shouted at the sheriff: Are you ******* joking you specky **** This is a ******* joke I m going to lose everything .
He was handcuffed to a G4S officer and was making his way to the stairs shouting: I don t ******* believe this .
Without warning he punched and headbutted the glass surrounding the dock.
Another G4S officer attended to assist and he was put to the ground to try to subdue him . Eventually he was restrained and taken to the cells.
Witnesses including the sheriff were shocked and alarmed at his actions. Leonard, a prisoner at Polmont, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Dundee Sheriff Court on November 23 last year.
Defence solicitor Douglas McConnell said Leonard is due to be released from jail on his earlier sentence later this month. He said: He has a tendency to lash out and he s been working on that whilst in custody. Sheriff Derek Reekie deferred sentence for three months for Leonard to be of good behaviour on his release from custody.
Leonard was last year convicted of hurling abuse at Sheriff Elizabeth Munro during a court appearance.
An MTV Crashes Plymouth star had to warn the crowd to go “easy” after a thrown smoke bomb came within inches of hitting him mid-set. DJ Wilkinson managed to dodge the burning purple smoke bomb but was taken by surprise. The incident happened as he performed his remix of Rag’n’Bone Man hit Skin.
He immediately told the crowd to the left of the stage to go “easy”.
The flare was being waved around in the air by someone in the crowd before it was suddenly launched towards the stage. Two members of the backstage team immediately rushed onto the stage to put it out.
Watch below: The moment a flare is lit up earlier in the night
One shocked audience member said it appeared the flare was aimed at the stage. “The flare had been in the crowd for a minute or two but I didn’t think it was going to get thrown.
“I thought, ‘that’s really dangerous’ . Why would someone throw a flare on stage? “It was about the third flare I saw this evening.
“It smelt really bad as well and the wind was blowing it right across the stage.” Earlier, police said a man was arrested after a flare was set off – as they declared a “zero tolerance” approach to crime at the massive event.
The wet and windy weather is failing to put a dampener on festivities on the Hoe, as thousands of people enjoy the party for the second night in a row. But cops say anyone who oversteps the mark will be dealt with. And that began early, with an arrest before 6pm.
Video footage (above) shows a red smoke bomb being set off in the crowd. DCI Ben Deer, who is Plymouth police’s bronze commander for the event, tweeted: “Male arrested for possession of pyrotechnic (flare) at a musical event having thrown it in the crowd zero tolerance.”
The first night of the huge event was trouble-free.
DCI Deer said there were no arrests last night.
WATCH ABOVE: MTV Crashes Plymouth last year
The number of unemployed people in Plymouth has continued to fall – but so have wages. Latest figures from Jobcentre Plus show in June 2017 there were 3,645 people claiming benefits either Jobseekers’ Allowance or Universal Credit in the city. This was down from the 3,750 claimants in May and is the same as the unemployment rate was in November 2016.
Experts said there had been a mini jobs surge in the security sector in Plymouth thanks to MTV Crashes, which takes place later this month, and the recent terror attacks across the country.
WATCH ABOVE: Security had to intervene when a fight broke out at a previous MTV Crashes Plymouth on the Hoe
The number of women in employment is also at a record high with 70.4% of females in a job, and similarly the rate for the South West is higher than the national average at 74.9%.
Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said that these rates were “good news” for the South West. He said: “We’re committed to delivering a welfare system which transforms lives and offers help to those who need it most, whatever their background or wherever they are from.” The official figures published today showed that real wages have fallen by 0.5% from March to May in comparison to last year’s figures.
May’s 2.9% inflation figure is the reasoning for the fall in real wages as the figure is at its highest since 2013.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Vince Cable, said: “Families across the country are struggling as prices rise and real wages continue to fall . The government must take note and rethink its extreme approach to Brexit.
“Nobody voted to make themselves poorer, but it is the public that will pay the price if the UK is dragged out of the single market and customs union. “If Theresa May is serious about helping just about managing families, she will agree to soften her approach to Brexit and put people’s jobs and living standards first.” Paul Paskins, of Jobcentre Plus’ Plymouth offices in Exeter Street, said that there has been a rise in the security sector and that the reason for this could be linked to the terrible happenings which have provoked a rise in the amount of security around the country.
He noted that another reason for the rise is due to the fact that MTV Crashes is scheduled for this month, which in turn will have created more jobs due to the high element of security at the event.
He said: “I’m very optimistic for the city, I would like to think that it will keep falling, it’s all looking good. “Although the jobs are there, it’s a competitive field and people need to make sure that they are submitting the best CV’s and practicing their interview techniques.”
There are various bricklaying apprenticeships with CITB and are available to any age . Mr Paskins said there had been an overall rise in apprenticeships across the country. On July 17 the Job Centre will be holding a recruitment day for Haven Holidays .
Mr Paskins said that there has been more demand in hospitality jobs, and that the holiday parks typically recruit around this time as it is just before peak season. Anna Leach, CBI Head of Economic Intelligence, said she was ‘concerned’ regarding the drop in real pay . She said: “These figures underline the strength of the UK’s flexible labour market, which was recognised in yesterday’s Taylor Review.
“Declining real pay and productivity remain concerning, reinforcing the imperative that any changes following the review support the economy’s ability to create great jobs.
“Making real progress on productivity growth requires a modern industrial strategy, with real change on the ground on skills, infrastructure and innovation.” TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady also commented on the real earnings falling by 0.5%.
She said: “Three months of falling pay is three months too many . The clock is ticking whilst workers wait for the government to act. “Ministers must set out a plan to get real wages rising across the public and the private sectors . They should start by scrapping the unfair pay restrictions on nurses, midwives and other public sector workers . And the minimum wage must be raised to 10 as quickly as possible. “Tackling insecurity at work is important for improving pay too . When people don’t feel secure in their job, they are less likely to push for the pay rise they deserve.
“The government should start by accepting the Taylor Review recommendation to give agency workers equal pay .
And they should go further and ban zero-hours contracts.”
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