Homeless man jailed after unprovoked attack on man in Peterborough city centre restaurant

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A homeless man has been jailed for 12 weeks for an unprovoked attack on a man in a Peterborough restaurant.

Roy Holdship, 34, punched the 52-year-old man in the face in McDonalds, in Queensgate, on the afternoon of December 30 last year.

The victim suffered injuries to his face and Holdship was arrested after he was identified from CCTV footage.

On Wednesday (March 2), he pleaded guilty to common assault at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

The court took into account the unprovoked nature of the assault and the fact that two young children were present.

Holdship was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and compensation of £100.

PC Sam Tucker said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack in a busy city centre restaurant. Whilst in prison I hope that Holdship can address his alcohol issues that have no doubt led to this assault”.