Shed business owner who threatened female in Wakefield ordered to pay out £3,350

A man who threatened a female council officer who was visiting his business premises after reports of an illegal fire has been ordered to pay £3,350 in fines and costs.

Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 8:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 8:50 am
The council officers was threatened by Jonathan Banks
The council officers was threatened by Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks, aged 62 of Denby Dale Road, pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates' Court to a public order offence and for breaching an abatement notice, which prohibited fires at Jon's Sheds Direct on Denby Dale Road.

At a sentencing hearing the court heard an environmental health officer from Wakefield Council went to the premises after a report of smoke coming from a fire.

Mr Banks was aggressive towards the officer and demanded she leave. He followed her back to her car, threatened her, banged on the windscreen and shouted at her until she left.

A spokesperson for Wakefield Council said: “We are pleased with this successful conviction. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we’re very clear that anti-social behaviour and aggressive behaviour must never be tolerated. We will always do all we can to tackle this appalling behaviour.

“This conviction sends out a very clear message that we don’t tolerate abuse and threatening behaviour in our district.”