Waterloo Road star jailed after threatening family with machete

Former Waterloo Road star Craig Fitzpatrick has been jailed for 18 months after he threatened a family while wielding a machete. 

The 34-year-old actor, who played Lewis Seddon in the BBC drama for three series, headed to the victims’ home alongside a relative following a ‘family dispute’. 

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Fitzpatrick was ‘highly intoxicated and under the influence of drugs’ when he arrived with the weapon on August 27 this year.

According to Manchester Evening News, Fitzpatrick struck the front door of the victims’ home branding an 18-inch blade. 

The court heard how Fitzpatrick went inside the property wanting to speak to a man who lived there, while ‘swinging the machete’. 

He told a woman in the house that if the ‘family were seen’ on their estate ‘they would be dead’ before she was able to ‘push him out’ by using a broom. 

‘You then used the machete to smash windows of the house. The occupants would have been terrified,’ Recorder Mark Ford said. 

Fitzpatrick went to the police station to hand himself in where he also indicated he himself had been ‘threatened’. 

‘(He said) he had gone to the house to and had been hit and assaulted by the family’, Lisa Boocock, prosecuting, said. 

The court heard that Fitzpatrick had 27 convictions for 49 offences. 

Speaking to Fitzpatrick, who appeared via video link at Forest Bank, the judge said: ‘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.’ 

Fitzpatrick portrayed Lewis in Waterloo Road, a teen who used to be the bad boy of school community, but later got a job working for the school’s canteen. 

The series ran from 2006 until 2015 and starred the likes of Denise Welch, Chelsee Healey, Jill Halfpenny and Adam Thomas.  

Lewis was last seen in series three where he returned to Waterloo Road working in the school kitche 

Waterloo Road is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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