'You don't mess with the Peacocks!': Drunk Worksop man threw bottle at woman's head, smashed up car and threatened to burn house down in family BBQ rampage

A drunk man threw a bottle a woman’s head, smashed up a car and threatened to burn down a house after going on a rampage at a family barbecue in Worksop.

By Sophie Wills
Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 5:20 pm

Gary Peacock, of Furnival Street, pleaded guilty to common assault, dangerous driving, drink-driving, affray and wounding and was sentenced to 22 months in jail at Nottingham Crown Court. He was also given a driving ban for three years and nine months.

The charges relate to an incident on the evening of June 26 in Worksop when a family barbecue got heated.

The party at Forest Lane started off harmlessly enough, but the mood changed when a heavily drunk Peacock became irate.

The charges relate to an incident on the evening of 26 June in Worksop when a family barbecue got heated.

The 29-year-old had his hat knocked off by a man, before he pushed over a chair, punched a man, picked up a glass bottle and threw it toward the victim.

The bottle missed the man but hit a woman, causing a deep cut to her nose which needed seven stitches at hospital.

Peacock was restrained by those there and after a short while people left the party.

Peacock left the house in his van shortly after the incident, but crashed it into another party-goer’s vehicle while nearly twice over the legal limit - blowing a reading of 59mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

He got out of his van and said “You don't mess with the Peacocks,” while pouring liquid from a petrol can on to the vehicle. He then took out a lighter and threatened to burn the house down and threw the fuel onto a woman.

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A neighbour came out to tell him to leave, while the fire brigade was called and he finally left the scene.

Detective Constable Gemma Patterson led the investigation.

Speaking after the sentencing on Wednesday, she said: "There is no excuse for the violence, damage and fear he caused.

“This was a terrifying evening for those at the party. It started harmlessly enough, with everyone in good spirits.

"However a clearly drunk Peacock ruined the evening by starting an unprovoked fight and caused mayhem.

“First by throwing a glass bottle at a woman, causing a lot of pain and a hospital visit for the victim.

"And then getting into his vehicle, crashing it deliberately into a woman's car and threatening to burn her house, her vehicle and the woman herself.

"We are pleased with today's result and we hope the victims and those who saw Peacock's actions that night are given some comfort that he won't be able to cause so much trouble to anyone for the foreseeable future."

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