‘Ring police and I’ll chop off your head’: Chorley man’s chilling threat during argument

A dad-to-be armed himself with a 2ft-long machete and threatened to cut his unborn child from his partner.

Darren John Gaskell, 38, of Lyons Lane, Chorley, made the chilling threats to his mum and stepdad after threatening to chop their heads off, Preston Crown Court heard.

He was given an eight-month jail term but Judge Philip Sycamore suspended it for two years after hearing how he was seeking support. He was given supervision but warned if he committed another offence he would go straight to prison.

Prosecuting, Stephen Parker said the defendant’s mother Christine Gaskell, and her partner Brian Banister, had been at their home in Silverdale Road, Chorley, on June 29 when Gaskell attended following an argument with his pregnant partner.

He was armed with a large machete and told them the machete was for “clearing undergrowth.”

Mr Parker said: “He was shouting at his mum’s partner, being aggressive and demanding to know where the machete was.

“He made remarks that if he didn’t get the machete he would chop their heads off.

“Mr Banister got it and gave to the defendant and he placed it down the front of his tracksuit trousers. As he left he said: ‘Ring the police and I’ll chop your head off. I’ll cut that baby out of her belly and I’ll stamp on that baby’s head.”

After he left the couple rang the police and Gaskell was arrested three hours later. The machete was never found and he told police he had thrown it in a canal.

Defending, Sarah Magill said Gaskell had been drunk because he was celebrating gaining new employment and it descended into an argument. She said Gaskell and his victim intended to stay in a relationship but are banned from living together by social services.

Judge Philip Sycamore said: “You brought this upon yourself. You know the effect drink has on you and you seem unable or unwilling to beat that demon.”

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Victim, 51, suffers broken leg following Chorley pub attack

An attacker punched a 51 year old in his head knocking him to the ground before kicking him and breaking his leg.

The victim, taken for treatment at Royal Preston Hospital, was set upon outside the Minstrel pub in Eaves Green Road, Chorley at around 12.10am on Sunday 13.

Detective Ian Lightfoot, who is appealing for witnesses, said: “This was a vicious attack on the victim causing him a serious leg injury which will require an operation.”

A 25 year old man from Chorley was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

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CCTV picture released after security guard racially abused in Tesco

Police have launched a hunt to trace a woman after a security guard was racially abused in Lea.

Officers were called to the Tesco Express in Blackpool Road on Wednesday 19 July.

A woman became involved in a verbal altercation with a member of staff and was asked to leave by security.

Preston Police say the security guard was racially abused before the woman made off from the scene.

PC Janette Cahill said: “We are investigating a report of racial abuse.

“A male security guard has been verbally abused and we need to find the person responsible.

“Following enquiries we would be keen to speak to this woman in connection with the offence.

“If you recognise her, please contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference SA1711656.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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The Gamull – Preston boarded for last time?

The Gamull is a large pub situated on the busy Longridge Road, just two miles from Preston City Centre. It is located in a densely populated area and surrounded by shops and other businesses. The pub is within easy access of the M6 motorway and benefits from being located on a main bus route. We believe this pub should be a fantastic community local and with the right licensee in situ we want to invest in the site – These works will include new signage, interior and exterior redecoration.

Preston Gamull Pub boarded for one last time? or is it?

So after speaking with Admiral Taverns today Citybeat have managed to clear a few things as to why the Gamull at Preston is boarded up yet again.  Being boarded up in the last few weeks is basically a security measure to assure that there is no damage to the internal of the property.  Ashley Kirk – recruitment Co – (01244 321 171), said “We are in fact talking with someone at the moment who is really interested in taking over the public house”, however due to issues with the electricity being cut off there is nothing we can do until this issue has been sorted.

Hoping to getting it open as soon as possible, 

Ashley Kirk the recruitment Coordinator for Admiral also in the same breath said “If anyone within the local community wants to look at taking on the Gamull as a business then to contact her via the phone number above.

After speaking with a previous tenants we managed to get a statement as to why they are no longer in the Gamull –  “When we were coming towards the end of our contract and ready to sign for another 5 years, the area manager said they was wanting to do a refurbishment but this would result in an increase in rent, which was already close to £700 a week, now in month’s before this we had been asking the brewery for help as most places people can go it’s £2,30/2.50 a pint and how we could not compete with them at the prices they charge us for a barrel we got zero help, so after month’s of no wages and bill’s mounting we concluded the business was no longer viable, so sadly gave our notice to quit, it was the hardest decision ever to make. Since we have left the Gamull there has been several managers who don’t seem to have made it work. we hope they get someone soon because it is a great pub in the heart of a great community and would be a crying shame to lose it,”
So at the end of this story we can confirm that the Gamull is not shut long term but only until the brewery find someone able to take on the local public house.
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