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Armed men leave holidaymakers terrified after fight at Whitley Bay Caravan Park; Brandishing a sword, Daniel Ord squared-up to another male, who was armed with a pool cue, in broad daylight in the middle of the school holidays.

Byline: Sara Nichol

Holidaymakers were left terrified when a fight broke out between two men armed with a sword and a pool cue.

Brandishing a machete, drunk Daniel Ord threatened another male in a broad daylight skirmish at the popular Whitley Bay Caravan Park, in North Tyneside.

In full view of three holidaymakers and two frightened children, the men "circled and jabbed" at each other with their weapons during the fight, which happened at peak season in the middle of the school summer holiday in August this year.

A court heard the male armed with the pool cue shouted at Ord "Go on, stab me" as the pair squared-up outside Ord's caravan on Cedar Way, in the park.

Frightened for themselves and their children, two witnesses hid in their caravans and dialled 999 as then men began to punch each other.

Police arrived and Ord was arrested after they found a machete hidden under a cushion in his home.

Now Ord, 35, formerly of Cedar Way, in the caravan park, but now living on Roxburgh Terrace, Whitley Bay, has avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of affray at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Lynne Russell, prosecuting, said the fight broke out at 6.45pm on Sunday, August 2.

She said: "A fight took place in the caravan park, involving this defendant and another male.

"A witness came out her caravan and saw [Ord] threatening another male.

"He [Ord] had a 2ft-long sword with a jagged edge and the other male was saying "go on, stab me". The witness was so frightened, she didn't want to leave her caravan.

"Two other witnesses were in their caravan when they heard a commotion outside.

"They saw both males, one armed with a sword, fighting each other and a third male watching.

"Both males were having a verbal disagreement and were circling each other and were jabbing at each other.

"Both witnesses felt fear for their safety and for that of their two small children. They called 999."

The court heard Ord and the other male exchanged punches before Ord returned to his caravan and the police arrived.

Ms Russell said: "The police attended and arrested the defendant after finding a machete hidden under a cushion in his caravan.

"He was taken to the police station. He said that, following an argument with the other male, the other male had turned up at his caravan and was holding what looked like a bat or plank of wood and was threatening him.

"He said he grabbed his ornamental sword and ran outside to chase him away."

When asked by officers what he thought other people, and particularly children, at the holiday park would have thought, Ord replied: "I know, I felt stupid straight away - it's not what you want to see on holiday. It was stupid. I understand it would frighten people who saw it."

John Kirkham, mitigating, said Ord, a mechanical fitter, was extremely sorry.

He said: "At the time of arrest, he's completely remorseful and tried to explain what had happened.

"The man described as the victim is, of course, the other man who came visiting him.

"This defendant lives at the caravan site. It's his former friend and they have had an argument and his friend came to him armed with a pool cue.

"Stupidly and foolishly, he's taken the machete off his wall and gone outside."

Ord was fined [pounds sterling]1,600 and ordered to pay [pounds sterling]85 costs, a [pounds sterling]180 criminal courts charge and a [pounds sterling]120 victim surcharge.

Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the machete.
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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
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Date:Sep 28, 2015
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