21-year-old given conditional discharge after admittingh theatening behaviour

A drunken man dressed in a chicken suit and riding a bicycle has been given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 costs after wreaking havoc in the aisles of a supermarket in Yorkshire, reports the Telegraph and Argus.

Skipton Magistrates’ Court was told that Max McGratten, aged 21, wearing a chicken costume complete with mask, rode into the town’s Tesco store at around 8pm on April 15, careering into a clothing display and shouting abuse at staff and people shopping there.

In as statement read out before the court, security guard David White related how when he told McGatten that he would summon police, the cyclist headed for the exit. He was brought back into the store with the help of three members of staff. McGatten subsequently threatened to find out where members of staff lived and kill them.

The newspaper reports that police identified McGatten after removing his chicken mask.

McGatten, who pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause distress, told the court: “I’d had a few beers. It was absolutely stupid, my own fault and I’m sorry.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.