Felixstowe: Neighbours’ concerns for naked rampage father

A PhD student has admitted throwing himself naked on to the bonnet of a woman’s car after threatening to eat his neighbour’s children.

Phillip Harper was on bail for four other offences when he ran towards a moving Volvo outside his Manwick Road home in Felixstowe and launched himself at the windscreen.

Less than an hour earlier, at about 9.30am on Sunday, while leaning out of a window waving a watering can around, he told a passer-by he wanted to eat his children.

The 37-year-old aquaculture student and landscape gardener yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of affray at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, in Ipswich.

The court heard how Harper, a father of two, had last week also admitted unrelated charges of growing cannabis, sending an abusive communication and disorderly conduct, but had denied assaulting his former partner and a police officer.

Harper was wearing only a dressing gown when he threw a wheelie bin down the street on Sunday morning, before disrobing, lunging on a car and repeatedly smashing the windscreen.

The terrified driver reversed out of Manwick Road and Harper was arrested shortly afterwards.

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Tariq Khawam, representing Harper, said his client had no previous convictions and had no obvious psychological condition, but that he had “blown a fuse” following an ongoing dispute with police.

Suffolk Constabulary confirmed that Harper had made numerous complaints, but could make no further comment until criminal proceedings were complete.

Judge David Cooper said Harper had “made a fool of himself” by acting in a “violent and bizarre manner”. He remanded him in custody until tomorrow, when he will reappear for all matters to be dealt with by Judge Cooper, who concluded: “You behaved very badly and you were on bail at the time. You are really going off the rails.”

Before being taken down, Harper expressed concern for the lobsters and piranhas kept at his home, saying they would surely eat each other in his absence.

But a neighbour assured they would be taken care of, adding: “We’re all very concerned about him.

“His neighbours are totally shocked by what happened. This just isn’t like Phil – he’s normally very laid back.”

Prosecutors will decide today whether to put forward a separate charge of criminal damage in connection with the incident.