Self-employed builder fined £1,000 for smashing jug in front of Tour de France peloton

LE TOUR: Chris Froome and his Sky teammates pictured earlier in the day at the top of Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

LE TOUR: Chris Froome and his Sky teammates pictured earlier in the day at the top of Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

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A MAN who smashed a glass jug in the road shortly before the arrival of the Tour de France peloton has been fined £1,000.

Self-employed builder Michael Lee Simms admitted causing a danger to road users outside his home in Ripon, North Yorkshire, on July 5 - during the first stage of the Grand Depart .

Court chairman Catherine Nickols told him: ‘‘This was a reckless act at an international event which could have had a devastating effect on the Tour de France. You caused distress and embarrassment to people.’’

Katie Varlow, prosecuting, said minutes before the cyclists were due to pass along Palace Road -close to Simms' home in Tower Court - the 26-year-old was standing outside with his girlfriend, mother and neighbours.

He had his back to the road and was seen to throw a glass jug over his shoulder into the carriageway where it shattered, Harrogate magistrates were told.

Mrs Varlow said the act, shortly after a loudspeaker announcement of the imminent arrival of the cyclists, was seen by many people, some of whom dashed into the road and tried to clean up the glass.

Most was swept away but small shards were still visible as the peloton rode by, causing distress to some onlookers.

Several spectators alerted nearby police and gave them a description of Simms who, when arrested, was found to be drunk.

Mrs Varlow said: ‘‘Fortunately there was no bad outcome though more by luck than judgement.’’

Geoffrey Rogers, mitigating, said Simms had no previous convictions and had had some difficulty in whether or not to plead guilty as he had no memory of the offence. But having read the evidence he decided he must have been the one who threw the jug.

‘‘But to this day he can’t recall the offence," he added.

Mr Rogers said Simms had been ‘‘celebrating’’ the tour initially at home with friends and then at a neighbour’s home and could only put the incident down to a prank.

‘‘Had he not been drinking he would have thought better of it, said Mr Rogers.

In addition to the £1,000 fine, he was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

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10:50am Fri 22 Aug 14

Tregeor says...

Wow such a funny joke from a grown man. Isn't it about time you grew up you idiot?
Wow such a funny joke from a grown man. Isn't it about time you grew up you idiot? Tregeor
  • Score: 19

4:41pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Triglet says...

An arrogant little fat head who gets drunk and goes in denial to off load his stupidity . This glass throwing idiot wont of seen the young girl from Stanley who was the victim of such a glass throwing incident earlier this year.Makes my pi55 boil.
An arrogant little fat head who gets drunk and goes in denial to off load his stupidity . This glass throwing idiot wont of seen the young girl from Stanley who was the victim of such a glass throwing incident earlier this year.Makes my pi55 boil. Triglet
  • Score: 9

8:30pm Fri 22 Aug 14

spottycow says...

WHAT A D -- C K HEAD
WHAT A D -- C K HEAD spottycow
  • Score: 4

11:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

spragger says...

Stupid Bastedo
Stupid Bastedo spragger
  • Score: 4

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