Father challenged man in row over son's bike and was stabbed twice in Cleethorpes street

Grimsby Crown Court
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A row over a child's bicycle led to a brutal stabbing in a Cleethorpes street.

Bradley Lofts, 22, of no fixed address, admitted unlawful wounding of the man on January 31 this year. He also admitted possession of a knife and cocaine.

At Grimsby Crown Court, prosecutor Stephen Welch told how the boy's cycle was allegedly stolen from him in a street. When the boy told his father they both set off in a van to trace the cycle.


The boy recognised the suspect in Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes, where a confrontation took place.

Lofts pulled out a knife to threaten the father. As they retreated to the van, Lofts plunged the knife into the father's arm. A further blow with the knife was aimed at his armpit. Mr Welch said the man was treated at hospital for cuts.

CCTV of the violence was shown in court. It was taken from a private address and included the sound of Lofts threatening the man in a torrent of verbal abuse. A child, who was with Lofts, was heard to shout his name "Bradley." He was later arrested by police.

Mr Welch said the father had not been able to work as a result of his arm injuries and that he was left in shock. The prosecuting barrister said Lofts had received a suspended prison sentence of 12 months, which was suspended for 12 months, after he was found by police with a machete hidden down the front of his trousers on a date last year.

Lofts wept in court as the prosecution outlined the case and his defence barrister, Richard Butters, told of his client's hardship in childhood.

He said it was "terribly chaotic and incredibly unsettled". His foster father had died when he was 18 years old and he became hooked on crack cocaine and alcohol.

He said it was lucky his client had not been facing a murder charge and the injuries had not been more serious than minor cuts, which had not required surgery.

He said his client was homeless at the time and was unaware he had stabbed the victim, until police arrested him. "He is thoroughly apologetic. He understands what could have happened. He could have faced a murder charge. He is off drugs and alcohol and says he is 100 per cent not going back to drugs."

"Since being in custody he says he feels like a new man and needed jail to get back into his own body and now feels like a normal person and has realised drugs and alcohol ruined his life," said Mr Butters.

Judge Andrew Hatton jailed Lofts for 32 months for the wounding charge and 10 months for the breach of the suspended sentence which will run consecutively.