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Man threatens to 'snap neck' of Norwich pub worker after being refused entry for jumping in river

PUBLISHED: 16:53 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 12 December 2018

Norwich Magistrates' Court . Picture: Adrian Judd

Norwich Magistrates' Court . Picture: Adrian Judd

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A man who was refused entry to a Norwich pub after jumping into a river told staff he would "snap" their neck, a court has heard.

Riverside leisure and entertainment complex, Norwich. Queen of Iceni pub.Photo: Steve AdamsRiverside leisure and entertainment complex, Norwich. Queen of Iceni pub.Photo: Steve Adams

Zak Bevis, 27, and William Stonehouse, 63, has been drinking with a group of friends at the Queen of Iceni pub on Norwich’s Riverside complex.

Norwich Magistrates Court was told Bevis was one of a number of people who had been “diving into the river” but he was then barred from re-entering the pub.

Alan Wheetman, prosecuting, said Bevis had made various threats to staff who were preventing him from getting back into the pub, telling one staff member “I will do you” and another that he would “snap your neck”.

Police were called and Bevis was arrested but Stonehouse “tried to prevent” his friend from being arrested.

Mr Wheetman said Stonehouse “grabbed hold of the PC” but was then taken to the ground.

One of the officers was bitten on the finger by Stonehouse who was sprayed with Pava spray but bit another officer.

He also knocked the sunglasses off an officer and “poked him in the eye” during the incident which happened shortly after 3pm on August 2 this year.

Stonehouse was arrested and taken to a police van but resisted other officers who tried to get him into the van.

Bevis, of Gould Road, Eaton, has gone on trial before city magistrates accused of three offences of using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence.

He denies all three offences.

Stonehouse, of Hungate Street, Aylsham, is also on trial having denied assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty on the same date.

Stonehouse also denies using threatening words and behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence.

He has however admitted obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of duty.

Both defendants are represented by Jacqui Appleton.

Giving evidence on Tuesday (December 11) Dean Griffin, a shift manager at the Queen of Iceni pub, said he had seen two men “stripped to their pants” who were about to jump into the river.

He said he contacted one of his colleagues to get security the come down as the men would not be allowed back inside the pub.

He told the court he explained to the men that he was sorry but they could not come back in the pub.

He said one of them said “whose going to stop me” while the other stepped in and asked why he was being so aggressive.

Mr Griffin said he took a step back, denied he was being aggressive and insisted he was just “talking” to them.

He said one of the men got “very aggressive”, put his head into him and said “he’s going to do me in”.

Mr Griffin said he felt “threatened, intimidated and worried”.

He said: “I thought he was either going to hit me or headbutt me.”

He said he then went inside to call another manager for back up.

Miss Appleton put it to Mr Griffin that he had not told the men not to jump in the river.

He agreed but said it was “just common sense”.

She suggested that it was Mr Griffin that was being aggressive to the men.

He denied this.

He also denied her assertion that there was “no such confrontation” or altercation between them.

The trial continues.

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