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Man jailed for attack on editor

A man has been jailed after assaulting Ellesmere Port Pioneer editor Phil Robinson.

Stephen Rees launched the attack outside the newspaper’s office on Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port.

Rees, (47), of Bebington Road, was jailed for a total of three months by Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston magistrates.

The court heard how Phil and his news editor Chris Smith had been working in the Pioneer office on Monday, November 15, at 4pm when they both saw Rees searching their bin outside.

They watched as Rees then walked across their car park, picked up a stone and threw it at a car belonging to Wendy Thomas, who worked at the opticians next-door.

Then, while Wendy, Phil and Chris were inspecting the damaged car, Rees returned and assaulted the editor, hitting him in the face below his eyes.

While Phil called the police, Rees advanced on Chris and intimidated him. Then Rees gave the group his correct name and address before leaving.

He was initially due before the court on Friday, November 19, but failed to attend.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was picked up last week and when he appeared in court pleaded guilty to assault, criminal damage and failing to surrender.

Rees was jailed for two months for assault and one for the damage, to run together, and a further month for not surrendering.

Rees must also pay Phil £100 compensation and £50 to Wendy. There was no order for costs.

Speaking after the case, Phil said: “This was an unpleasant incident for us and Miss Thomas.

“I thank the police and magistrates for administering swift justice. It sends out a message that assaults on innocent members of the public will not be tolerated.”

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