MP curbed man’s foul-mouthed rant

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An MP who was leafleting outside a school stepped in to stop a man who was verbally abusing a mum, a court heard.

Wakefield magistrates heard how city MP Mary Creagh told John Becket to cease his four-letter tirade against Hayley Reid at the gates of Snapethorpe Primary School on Broadway at home time.

Prosecutor Morgan Read told how Beckett and the victim had been involved in a long disagreement over parking on Dacre Avenue, Lupset.

They bumped into each other at Snapethorpe School at 3.15pm on November 7 when Mrs Reid raised the issue of parking with him. The court heard Becket proceeded to shout and swear at her in front of parents and children.

He also moved towards her in an aggressive manner. A six-year-old girl was frightened by the defendant’s actions and ran into the school grounds.

Ms Creagh, who was talking to parents, witnessed the foul-mouth rant which lasted between 90 seconds and two minutes.

The prosecutor said: “Ms Creagh approached the defendant and told him to stop swearing because there were children around. The complainant and defendant then left in opposite directions.”

Beckett, 45, of Dacre Avenue, admitted disorderly conduct.

Stephen Swan, mitigating, said the argument was two-sided but his client regretted his actions.

He said: “Ms Creagh intervenes and says ‘that’s enough’ and Mr Becket comes to he senses. After that the complainant swears.”

Beckett was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge and imposed a year-long restraining order on him. Beckett must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.