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Violent thug jailed after dragging woman along road by his car before driving at her boyfriend
01 May | 18:19

Walmsley, 29, has been jailed for two years and one month and handed a driving ban for five years and two months

A violent thug has been jailed after he dragged a woman along a road by his car before he drove at her boyfriend when he came to her aid.

Daniel Walmsley was arrested in July last year after footage of him ploughing into a man in Newcastle's Bigg Market when viral on social media.

A court was played the video that showed a woman remonstrating with the driver of a black Ford Focus.

The driver of the Focus then quickly reversed and tried to drive away from the area, dangerously throwing the woman to the floor.

The woman’s boyfriend then began to remonstrate with the driver but the vehicle instead accelerated towards him.

He was hurled across the street and crashed against a lamppost before the driver of the Focus slammed on the accelerator and drove away from the scene.

The man and woman were able to walk away from the collision with no serious injuries. They had left the area before officers arrived on the scene.

An investigation was launched and officers reviewed further CCTV footage that showed the couple arguing with the driver in the minutes before the incident.

A court heard how it also showed the driver push the woman to the ground before the rest of the incident then unfolded, as seen on camera footage shared across social media.

The day after the incident police were able to identify the two victims but neither of them were willing to support the police investigation.

Despite the setback, officers continued with their enquiries and were later able to identify the driver as 29-year-old Walmsley.

Walmsley, of no fixed abode, was later arrested and charged. He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court in January where he admitted causing actual bodily harm and dangerous driving.

Now he has been back before the same court where he was today (Friday) jailed for two years and one month. He was also handed a driving ban for five years and two months.

Following the case, investigating officer Detective Constable Phil Hoggins said the case shows people can still be convicted even when victims don't support a prosecution.

Det Con Hoggins said: "This was a very high profile incident as video footage of the assault was shared thousands of times on social media.

"It took place on a busy Saturday in Newcastle in an area of the city centre that was packed with people enjoying a night out.

"Walmsley's actions were dangerous, reckless and put the lives of innocent people who were enjoying their evening at risk.

"Using your vehicle as a weapon can have serious consequences and both victims in this case were extremely lucky not to suffer any serious injuries.

"In the end they did not want to support the police investigation but this case shows we will still pursue violent offenders who put the public at risk.

"We have excellent CCTV coverage in the city centre and there were a number of witnesses so we were able to gather the evidence we needed to secure a conviction.

"Now Walmsley has been sent to prison for his actions and I hope this sends a strong message to those who resort to such mindless violence."

Walmsley had initially been charged with causing grievous bodily harm but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) accepted a plea to the lesser charge of causing actual bodily harm at court.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

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