Tuesday 23 April 2019

CCTV: Man who drove car into crowd of people outside UK pub jailed

James Bates has been jailed for 12 years Photo credit: Kent Police/PA Wire
James Bates has been jailed for 12 years Photo credit: Kent Police/PA Wire

Ben Mitchell

Dramatic video footage has been released of a motorist who drove his car at a crowd outside a pub injuring seven people.

James Bates, of Blenheim Road, Littlestone, Kent, has been jailed for 12 years at Canterbury Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to one charge of grievous bodily harm (GBH) and six charges of attempted GBH.

The 25-year-old had driven his silver Vauxhall Corsa at the crowd outside the pub in New Romney High Street on November 24, 2017.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "It hit the building by the front door, as well as a number of people who had been standing outside at the time.

"Among the injuries reported, a man was hit directly by the car, suffering fractures to his leg and arm.

"Minutes before, Bates had been removed from the bar by staff after he got into a number of altercations with other customers while drinking there.

"When arrested shortly after the collision, Bates told police he could not explain why he had driven at the crowd of people."

Detective Constable Chris Brett said: "James Bates was seen to drive his car around the block in order to accelerate his car into the crowd of people standing outside the pub, showing this was a pre-meditated attack.

"Considering the damage a car can cause, the people who were outside the pub at the time of the collision are fortunate their injuries were not worse.

"Regardless of injury, to be targeted in such a frightening and unprovoked way can have wide-reaching detrimental effects on those involved.

"I thank those who have assisted with and supported the investigation and subsequent prosecution."

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