Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Man Waved Knife and Air Pistol in City Takeaway

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Man Waved Knife and Air Pistol in City Takeaway

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Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter

AMAN "bit off more than he could chew" when he brandished a "gun" and a knife at a group of revellers in a city centre takeaway.

Benjamin Hawkins wielded the imitation firearm, an air pistol, and the camping knife outside Dixy's Chicken, in Newcastle, in the early hours of the morning.

But, a court heard, the 20-year-old was immediately chased away from the takeaway by the group of males he was threatening.

A nearby door supervisor saw Hawkins being pursued by the men and tried to intervene before he saw the weapons he was carrying, prosecutors said.

Despite his fears and believing the gun was real, the brave supervisor was still able to detain Hawkins, who dropped the knife and pistol, before the police were called and he was arrested.

Now, Hawkins, of Acton Place, High Heaton, is facing a stint behind bars after he pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article and an imitation firearm at Newcastle Crown Court.

Lee Fish, prosecuting, said the witness had been with a pal and two other males inside Dixy's Chicken at around 1am on August 14.

Hawkins is said to have approached the witness and asked him to assault the other two men, a request which was refused.

Mr Fish said: "The defendant then appeared at the window of Dixy's Chicken. He was holding a knife in his hand. He appeared to be directing his threats towards the other two males in the group.

"There was a confrontation, which culminated in the defendant producing an imitation pistol from his waistband. The witness does recall, during this confrontation, he shouted "come on then".

"Then, all four of the males chased the defendant. The end of this chase was witnessed by a door supervisor, who happened to be in Newcastle City Centre at the time.

"He described one male, the defendant, being chased by the group of other males."

The court heard the door supervisor initially had concerns for Hawkins and tried to intervene until he was told he was carrying a gun.

Mr Fish added: "While it was an imitation pistol, it does look very realistic and it was the impression of the door supervisor that it was that it was genuine. …

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