Man threatened to follow a bus driver and burn down his home after he refused to allow a new mum and her pushchair on board.

Mark Rudd pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour at Huddersfield Bus Station.

The 22-year-old handed himself into police after CCTV stills of the incident were printed in the Examiner.

Kirklees magistrates heard that on October 19 First bus driver Stephen Connolly pulled the bus station to allow passengers to board.

One of these had a newborn baby in a pushchair and Mr Connolly advised her that it would need to be folded up due to two other unfolded pushchairs already being on board.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman said: “She didn’t have a problem and said she would wait for another bus. Mr Rudd became involved and told the driver he should let the lady on the bus. He became verbally aggressive towards him and was stood next to the driver’s compartment making Mr Connolly feel uncomfortable.

The CCTV image released by West Yorkshire Police of Mark Rudd
The CCTV image released by West Yorkshire Police of Mark Rudd

“The driver tried to explain about the pushchair policy but Rudd didn’t take any notice.”

Rudd, of Glenfield Avenue in Bradley, called the bus driver “heartless” and threatened to rip off his glasses and shove them down his throat.

Mr Bozman said: “He said: ‘I’ll follow you home, burn your house down and kill you’.Mr Connolly was scared for his own safety and literally shaking.

“He said nobody’s got the right to abuse him in this way, it was a completely unprovoked attack which made him feel vulnerable and scared.”

The bus driver managed record the incident using his mobile phone.

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, explained that her client handed himself into police after seeing a still from the CCTV footage in the newspaper.

She said that Rudd was with the woman whose baby was aged around three weeks. She had already been waiting for a long time after missing a previous bus and unable to collapse the pram.

Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield
Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield

Mrs Kidd said: “She was quite upset, the baby was getting hungry and she needed to get home. “He (Rudd) was seeking to explain this to the driver and during the course of this he made threats towards the driver. When tensions are running high he finds it difficult to express himself.”

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Magistrates ordered the car wash worker to pay £100 compensation to Mr Connolly.

He also has to undergo 20 days of activities as specified by the probation service and pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge,