Ex-Waterloo Road star Craig Fitzpatrick jailed for threatening a family with an 18-inch machete

A FORMER Waterloo Road actor who threatened a family with a machete has been jailed for 18 months.

Craig Fitzpatrick, 34, who starred in the BBC drama, arrived at his victims’ property following a “family dispute”.

The actor, from Oldham, smashed their windows and threatened those inside with an 18-inch machete while high and drunk.

A neighbour saw him hit the front door with the huge blade before going inside while “swinging the machete”, Manchester’s Minshull Crown Court heard.

Fitzpatrick, played Lewis Seddon in Waterloo Road and also appeared in Shameless and Holby City, admitted possession of a bladed article and affray.

The court heard he was “highly intoxicated and under the influence of drugs” during the incident on August 27.

He told a woman inside the home that if her family were spotted on the eatete they “would be dead”.

You then used the machete to smash windows of the house. The occupants would have been terrified."

She eventually pushed him out of the house using a broom.

The judge, Recorder Mark Ford, said the people inside would have been “terrified”.

He said: “You then used the machete to smash windows of the house. The occupants would have been terrified.”

A victim impact statement was read to the court and the family said they no longer felt safe in their home.

Fitzpatrick later handed himself into cops after feeling “threatened”.

David James, defending, said: "He can't change the past but he is trying to work towards the future. He has the maturity to accept his wrongdoings."

The judge added: “I am aware you are an actor.

"It has been said that you have been unable to fulfil your potential because of other factors, not least your use of alcohol and other substances and propensity to aggression.”

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