Lancashire

Ice cream man who assaulted Blackburn rival spared jail

An ice cream seller caught on film in a fracas with a rival vendor has been spared a jail term.

Zeheer Ramzan, 34, of Halifax, was found guilty of assault and admitted possessing an offensive weapon - a crowbar - and causing criminal damage.

He was seen breaking a window in the Mr Whippy van of Mr Mulla, who then drove into the back of Ramzan's Mr Yummy van in Blackburn on 2 June.

He was given a six month sentence suspended for two years.

The Preston Crown Court judge also ordered Ramzan to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 compensation and £800 costs and made him the subject of a restraining order.

Image caption Zeheer Ramzan was found guilty of hitting his rival with a crowbar

The jury in November's trial was shown footage of Ramzan, of Kingston Close, Halifax, breaking the window of Mr Mulla's van in Palatine Road, Blackburn, and Mr Mulla driving into the back of Ramzan's vehicle.

The court was told that prior to the incident being filmed Ramzan had hit his rival ice cream seller on the arm with the crowbar causing a bruise.

He also lied to police and tried to blacken Mr Mulla's reputation, the court heard.

Tahir Mahmood, defending Ramzan, claimed his client had been intimidated by Mr Mulla since he started selling ice creams in Blackburn in March.

The film of the incident has attracted more than a million views on the website YouTube.

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