A MAN threatened a neighbour with a heavy bike lock chain following an argument about his noisy motorbike, a court heard.

Connour Stephens reacted angrily when he was confronted about his anti-social riding which was disturbing his neighbours on a regular basis.

The 25-year-old grabbed the chain out of his bag after his motorbike fell to the ground when pushed his helmeted-head into the face of his neighbour.

Teesside Crown Court heard how other residents came out into the street and were threatened by Stephens who shouted 'you're all dead' before heading home.

Andrew Finlay, prosecuting, said Stephens continued to be aggressive when he came back out of his Catterick Garrison home after the trouble came to a head after weeks of antagonism, including an abusive Facebook message.

"As the victim spoke to the defendant, the defendant moved his head towards the victim and he was still wearing his motorbike helmet. As a result he had to get hold of the defendant and the defendant's bike fell to the floor.

"The defendant then reached into a bag he was carrying and produced a heavy bike chain, he then threatened the complainant with the chain shouting 'come on then'," he said.

"The defendant threatened other neighbours who were there by this stage shouting 'you're all dead' and 'you're all d***heads'."

Mr Finlay added: "He again threatened the neighbours and said 'you're all going to get it' whilst holding the chain, they (the neighbours) described being afraid."

Stephens then called the police himself and he was arrested at the scene.

Mr Finlay said the defendant had two previous convictions for possession of weapons on his record.

Stephens, of Meadowfield Road, Catterick Garrison, pleaded guilty to affray following the offence on August 7 last year.

Kristian Cavanagh, in mitigation, said his client in now attending a training course and there has been no further offences in the year since incident.

Recorder Peter Makepeace QC sentenced Stephens to 22 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.

He said: "A suspended sentence has worked in the past because the last time he was before the court was 2017 when a suspended sentence was imposed."

Stephens was also ordered to attend 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

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