Demolition man narrowly avoids jail

A demolition man drove into oncoming traffic on one of Liverpool’s busiest roads and rammed a police van during a 30-minute chase with officers.

Despite this, and despite a previous conviction for five offences of criminal damage, using violence to secure entry to a premises and assault in 2015, he was handed a 14-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The man in question – Ryan Redmond – was at a “dark ebb” after splurging vast sums of money due to a gambling addiction.

Upon his arrest, police noted a “strong smell” of cannabis and alcohol while Redmond’s speech was slurred. But he refused to submit to a roadside breath test.

According to his defence lawyer, Redmond currently has a “very well paid job” doing demolition work at Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria.

A quick check of his LinkedIn profile says that Redmond is currently employed by Squibb Group, one of two companies currently contesting their involvement in the CMA bid-rigging scandal.

Redmond is also a previous winner of the NFDC Operator of the Year award.

He was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and handed a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 15 days.

He was banned from driving three years, and must pass an extended retest before he is allowed back on the roads.

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