Councillor films confrontation

A TOWN councillor filmed an ugly confrontation on his mobile phone which resulted in a man appearing in court.

James Baker, 28, heard a commotion at Beehive Mills, Hebble End, Hebden Bridge, and went to investigate. He said a lone woman worker was subjected to abuse by the man who refused to leave the building when asked.

Coun Baker, a member of Hebden Royd Town Council, started to film the incident. Police were called and Kevin McDougall, 39, of Machpelah, Hebden Bridge, was arrested. He admitted using threatening behaviour before Calderdale magistrates. A charge of common assault was withdrawn.

McDougall, was fined £370 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge cost.

Mr Baker, who runs Phoenix Campaigns from the mill, said: “It is totally out of order to have a go at a woman working alone and then refuse to leave so I stepped in to help.”