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Drunken cyclist in chicken suit wreaks havoc in branch of Tesco

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.”

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