Hero doormen took down drunk who had armed himself with three kitchen knives

The incident happened outside the Wyre Light pub
The incident happened outside the Wyre Light pub -Credit:Google

A judge commended the bravery of two pub doormen who tackled a drunk who lunged at them while carrying three kitchen knives.

Robert Ramshaw, 52, had fallen out with his ex at the Wyre Light pub in Fleetwood on September 4, 2022.

Preston Crown Court heard he went home and armed himself with three large kitchen knives before returning to the pub on London Street. The doormen told everyone who was milling around outside to go inside the pub for safety.

When asked why he was carrying the knives, Ramshaw replied: "Do you want f***ing cutting?".


He lunged towards the door staff with a knife in each hand. However the men were able to take Ramshaw to the ground, and one punched him to disarm him.

The police arrived and arrested Ramshaw. At the custody desk, officers found a wrap of cocaine in his front pocket.

In interview, Ramshaw, of Rede Avenue, Fleetwood, claimed he had blacked out and did not recall the incident. However he was later convicted of affray, three counts of possession of a bladed article in public and possession of cocaine.

The court heard Ramshaw lost his car bodywork business during the pandemic and his relationship had broken down. However he has since reconciled with his partner and hopes to get his business back up and running.

Judge Ian Unsworth KC, sentencing, said: "I am of the very clear view that only a sentence of immediate custody can be appropriate in this case.

"It is clear the doormen acted together with extreme bravery. They moved quickly, they were organised and they took you by surprise. You still had a knife in your hand.

"I note the extreme bravery of the doormen and commend all of them for their actions that evening. But for their actions, someone could have been injured, seriously injured or killed as a result of your actions in this heavily intoxicated state."

He handed Ramshaw a sentence of two years each count of possession of a bladed article, 15 months for affray and a month for possession of cocaine - each to run consecutively, totalling two years.

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