Sutton man was ‘out of control’ on Mansfield-bound train

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A violent and aggressive youth from Sutton in Ashfield caused havoc on a Mansfield-bound train after having too much to drink.

Ben Hemstock, of Mount Pleasant, abused and threatened a police officer and intimidated other passengers on a train from Nottingham to Mansfield on 31st March.

The unruly youth pleaded guilty to squatting on tables and telling a police officer he would ‘rip her face off’ at Mansfield Magistrates Court on 7th August.

The 27-year-old was initially approached and escorted off the train by officers before it left Nottingham station as police suspected he was causing a public disturbance.

Police were then told it was not Hemstock who caused the disturbance but someone further up the train and he was subsequently let back on.

As the train set off Hemstock was then described as out of control by police officers throughout the 55 minute journey.

At one point the court was told how Hemstock started doing pull ups on the train’s racking.

Magistrates said that the serious threats of violence to a police officer while in a public enviroment was a very serious offence.

They sentenced him to eight weeks custody suspended sentence for 12 months and a community order to address his offending.

Hemstock admitted that he often drinks to access causing him to become violent and aggressive.

He admitted his behaviour was unacceptable and he agreed to complete a COVADE course under a supervision order.

The course will aim to tackle his behaviour and drinking.

Hemstock will pay £85 in court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.