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Tesco machete attack trial: 'It was 15 years of rage'

A 26-year-old man on trial for a racially-motivated machete attack on an Asian shopper in a Tesco store in Mold, North Wales, told police it was the accumulation of "fifteen years of bottled up anger and rage," a court has heard.

Zack Davies was fascinated with Nazi ideology and planned to "avenge" the death of fusilier Lee Rigby when he attacked Dr Sarandev Bhambra in January, Mold Crown Court has heard.

"The more I read I started to realise maybe the wrong side won the war," Davies said of his fascination with Nazi ideology, in a conversation with police.

Dr Bhambra, a 24-year-old dentist from Leeds, suffered "life-changing injuries," the court was told.

Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at Mold Crown Court for the trial:


Supermarket machete attack 'was revenge for Lee Rigby'

A trainee dentist suffered life-changing injuries in a racially motivated revenge attack, a court has heard.

Victim Dr Sarandev Bhambra, from Leeds, was working at Mold in North Wales and was attacked with a machete and a hammer when he went to do some lunch time shopping.

Zack Davies denies trying to murder Dr Sarander Bhambra Credit: Andrew Price

Defendant Zack Davies was said to be laughing and shouting “this is revenge” and “this is for Lee Rigby” as he did so.

Mr Davies denies attempted murder but admits wounding with intent.

Fusilier Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, south-east London, in May 2013. Credit: ITV News

Prosecuting barrister Sion ap Mihangel said that Mr Davies had gone out looking for his mother’s boyfriend to attack him, but he could not find him.

Instead, he followed Dr Bhambra because of his Asian appearance into the Tesco store and attacked him within minutes with the machete and claw hammer which he had in a rucksack.

The trial continues.


Four-year-old left home alone as mum went to work

A little girl of four was left home alone while her mother went out to work.

Police went to her home in Mold, North Wales, following an anonymous tip off to social workers.

They found the house in an unkempt condition and the girl was home alone with the front door unlocked.

Magistrates at Mold gave the mother a community order

The mother had gone out in the car to visit customers.

The enormity of what she had done had not dawned on her until later, Flintshire Magistrates' court heard .

She had since given up work and her husband has changed his working pattern her solicitor Bethan Jones explained.

The mother, who had no previous convictions, admitted neglecting the child in a way likely to cause her unnecessary suffering.

She was placed on a 12 month community order with supervision and she was sent on a "positive thinking" workbook programme run by the probation service.

The woman, who was ordered to pay £85 costs, was told by District Judge Gwyn Jones that due to her then working pattern, she "became oblivious to the risks" posed to her youngest child by being left at home alone.

Former soldier left with facial injuries in street attack

Police are appealing for information after a 57 year-old builder was punched and beaten on his way home last Friday night.

The attacked happened on Friday night in Mold. Credit: Mold Ex Servicemen's Club

Charlie Williams was making his way home from Wetherspoons to his house near the Ex Servicemen's Club on Wrexham Street in Mold.

Mr Williams, a former chairman of the club told ITV Wales he got involved in an altercation with an unknown person and was left with facial injuries, a broken wrist and lost teeth.

The club posted a photo of Charlie on its Facebook page, showing the former Royal Welch Fusilier covered in blood.

This is Charlie Williams the Ex-Chairman of Mold Ex Servicemen's Club, and a person who would help anyone out if they were stuck and who has given a lot of his free time to the club in the past.

– Mold Ex Servicemen's Club

The posting prompted hundreds of replies from local people wishing him a full recovery.

Charlie told ITV Wales he wanted to keep the attack away from his 87 year-old dad but everyone now knew.

I cannot believe the support I have had since the attack and how many mates and friends I have.

– Charlie Williams

North Wales Police say a 42 year old man from the Mold area had been arrested.

Cannabis dealer escapes jail to look after 12 children

A cannabis supplier who arrived at court in black Jaguar car - has avoided jail because he's the sole carer of his 12 children.

Saunders of Rhyl said he'd not worked for ten years. Credit: Andrew Price

Peter Saunders told Mold Crown Court how his youngest child was 19 months old but his wife had left him and married someone else.

The court heard Saunders, 47, had a dozen children aged 19 months, three, six, seven, nine, ten, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 and 22. He'd not worked for ten years because he was unfit to do so and lived on benefits in Princess Street in Rhyl.

The defendant and his eldest son Matthew, aged 22, both admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply after police raided their homes on December 17 last year.

Prosecuting barrister Nicholas Sefton told how police raided the father’s home and found 43 grammes of cannabis – some among Christmas presents - valued at about £450. One gramme of cannabis was found at the son’s flat and they both claimed it was for personal use.

The judge said that he would have to put the interests of the young children first and he could not send his son to prison either because they had pleaded guilty to a joint enterprise. Both received 12 month prison sentences suspended for two years.

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