Biker saved from attack on station forecourt

Brave member of the public steps in to save helpless biker

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Submitted by Visordown News on Tue, 16/12/2008 - 10:38

A BRAVEcustomer scared off a man who attacked a motorcyclist on a petrol station forecourt, Exeter Crown Court has heard.

The customer was in the queue at a Texaco filling station in Exeter Road, Cullompton, when they saw Simon Grandfield put the motorcyclist in a headlock and wrestle him to the floor. They ran out and shouted at 23-year-old Grandfield, scaring him off.

Grandfield, who the court heard is currently living in a tent near Bradninch, was sentenced to a year in jail, suspended for two years. This was for a crime spree including attacking the same man twice, once on the petrol station forecourt and another time in Cullompton town centre. Grandfield bore a grudge after being convicted of vandalising the man's car in a row over a drugs debt.

The defendant pleaded guilty to arson, theft, taking a vehicle without consent, battery, criminal damage and an offence of taking revenge upon a witness in criminal proceedings.

Prosecutor Mark Burton said Grandfield broke into a stranger's BMW car which had broken down near Exeter, stole the wheels and then set it alight.

The next offences happened when he spotted the man who he held the grudge against, in Cullompton in August and repeatedly tried to punch him.

The petrol station attack happened in September, when the same man was getting onto his motorbike and was grabbed from behind. In October Grandfield smashed a woman's front door.

Defence counsel James Taghdissian said Grandfield's crimes were fuelled by a chaotic lifestyle.

Judge Jeremy Griggs ruled he must also have two years of supervision, complete 200 hours of unpaid community work and pay £200 compensation

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