Moment Emmerdale actor ‘confronted’ pensioner in pub garden before ‘biting his face’ while defending daughter

THIS is the moment Emmerdale actor Mark Jordon confronted a pensioner in a pub garden before biting his face, a court heard.

Jordon, 54, who plays Daz Spencer in the Yorkshire-based soap, said he had been attacked by 68-year-old Andrew Potts in the street in Oldham on July 1 following an earlier row in a beer garden.

Mark Jordon was involved in the beer garden brawl
Mark Jordon was involved in the beer garden brawl with 68-year-old Andrew Potts
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Mark Jordon arrived with his partner Laura Norton at court yesterday
Mark Jordon arrived with his partner Laura Norton at court yesterday
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Mr Potts claims the Emmerdale actor bit his thumb and hand[/caption]

In CCTV showed to the court yesterday, Jordon, in a white shirt, can be seen storming over to the pensioner – with the pair then coming to blows.

Mr Potts yesterday told the court Jordon bit him to the thumb, hand and eyebrow after threatening to kill him.

He said the actor was “like a madman” and was dragged back as he screamed: “I’ll f****** kill you, you old bastard.”

But giving evidence on Thursday, Jordon said Mr Potts, who had punched him in the nose during the row outside the Farrars Arms, kicked him in the groin and they both fell to the floor in the road.

He claimed Mr Potts had pulled at his hair and ears, then put his hand inside Jordon’s mouth, “fish hooking” him.

It was not planned, regretful and in the moment. It was pure instinct.

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Jordon said he bit down on Mr Potts’s thumb as a “natural reaction” to having his hand inside his mouth.

The actor said he was then able to get up but Mr Potts fractured his wrist with a kick and the pair fell to the floor again.

Describing the moment when he bit Mr Potts’s eyebrow, he said: “Just sheer panic and fear and he had pulled me so close at one point I was worried I was going to get more injuries than I already had.

“It looked like he was snarling so I was worried he was maybe going to try to retaliate with a bite.

“I did exactly what he was going to do.

“It was not planned, regretful and in the moment. It was pure instinct.”

ROW IN BEER GARDEN

The court heard the blazing row had started when the OAP’s partner, Rosalind O’Neill, made the comment “I hope they are using protection” about Jordon’s 18-year-old daughter, who had been “straddling” a boy in the beer garden.

The former Heartbeat actor said he was “calm” when he spoke to Mrs O’Neill, who apologised, but claimed Mr Potts then called his fiancee Laura Norton, who plays Kerry Wyatt in Emmerdale, a “stupid f****** woman” and told her to shut up.

Jordon added: “He said that my daughter was being a slag.”

He said Mr Potts went on to say he had video of his daughter and would put it on YouTube.

Jordon told the court: “I asked him to delete it and I tried to go towards him to get to see the footage and to delete it from his phone.”

Mr Potts and Mrs O’Neill left the pub following the row but Jordon said he saw them walking back in that direction as he travelled home in a taxi a short while later and got out to approach them.

Miss Norton, 36, sat in the public gallery alongside former co-star Charlie Hardwick, who played Valerie Pollard in Emmerdale, as Jordon gave his evidence.

He was asked by Robert Smith, prosecuting, about CCTV footage of him being held back by Miss Norton as the row broke out in the beer garden.

He said: “She was trying to remind me I was on screen the next day.”

Asked about Mr Potts’s claims he had taken cocaine that evening, Jordon said: “It’s rubbish.”

Jordon, from Oldham, denies affray, unlawfully wounding Mr Potts and the assault by beating of Mrs O’Neill.

The court heard that the brawl began when Mr Potts made a comment about the actor's daughter
The court heard that the brawl began when Mr Potts made a comment about the actor’s daughter
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Andy Potts outside Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, where the Emmerdale actor is charged with attacking the pensioner
Andy Potts outside Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, where the Emmerdale actor is charged with attacking the pensioner
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