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'Citizen's arrest' man is convicted.

A MOTORIST who knocked a man off his bike in a town centre told shocked witnesses that he was making a Citizen's Arrest.

Dylan Paxton, 34, said that the injured rider was a paedophile, and he said he was going to hand him over to the police.

But police who arrived arrested Paxton for assault and they found that the cyclist was innocent, Teesside Crown Court was told.

The cyclist, who was taken to hospital with bruises and grazes to his back and ankle, described the paedophile accusation as "horrible", said prosecutor Alex Menary.

Paxton told police that he had seen the man talking to a group of children near his Hartlepool home and he thought he had performed an indecent act.

The cyclist said that Paxton came out of his house holding a car jack and shouting at him. Paxton got into his car and began arguing with him through the window while still holding the car jack.

The cyclist rode off but Paxton followed him and then he cut across his path hitting him with the passenger door and damaging his bike. Paxton told witnesses that he was going to make a Citizen's Arrest and he said he was phoning the police.

Paxton was interviewed at the police station and said that he had objected to the man's behaviour towards the children.

Mr Menary told the judge: "The Prosecution say that the use of the vehicle in the way that it was used might be a weapon."

Ian Mullarkey, defending, said that Paxton accepts that it was a moment of madness, and he regrets what he did."

Judge Gillian Matthews QC told Paxton: "I accept that you used your car to make him stop and not to hurt him or to run him down. I consider this, looking at your history, to be an isolated offence."

Paxton, a fitter, of Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, was given a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered to pay PS50 compensation for the injuries and PS50 for damage to the bike after he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm assault on January 25 last year.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2013
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