Danny Lockwood

Danny Lockwood

The Press’ publisher and columnist Danny Lockwood is starting a community order following an assault outside a pub.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that Lockwood headbutted and repeatedly hit Liam Ellis outside the Fox and Hounds after an argument in the Hanging Heaton pub in April 2012.

Mr Ellis needed five stitches under his left eye and was left with bruising on his right arm.

The Dewsbury Reporter was in court and writes today: “Sentencing Lockwood, magistrate Keith Wilson called it a “very serious assault”. He ordered the 55-year-old, of Main Street, Elvington, York, to carry out 150 hours unpaid work for the community.”

Lockwood will also have to wear an electronic tag to enforce a 7pm-7am curfew on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. The curfew lasts for eight weeks.

You can read the full court report here.

Lockwood today told HTFP that his solicitor was filing an appeal against the verdict so he hoped a retrial would be held.

He has previously courted controversy by writing a book with a provocative title, The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury which was described by The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade as “a blunt assault on multi-culturalism seen through the prism of his experience of immigration in the town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.”