King’s Lynn man jailed for kicking bus

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A man was jailed for 20 weeks by magistrates after he admitted kicking a bus when he was refused travel for being drunk.

Anthony Bishop, 37, of Eastfields, Fairstead, Lynn, pleaded guilty to a single charge of threatening behaviour when he appeared in court in Lynn on Tuesday.

The offence placed him in breach of a suspended sentence order for 18 weeks in jail, imposed last year, and magistrates said they could find no reason not to implement it.

He was given two weeks in prison, to run consecutively, for the latest offence. A further four-week suspended sentence for another offence, was also activated to run concurrently.

Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, said Bishop had sworn at a driver when he attempted to board a bus at the Lynn bus station at around 5.30pm on January 26.

The driver refused to let him board, believing he was drunk.

Although Bishop left the vehicle, he continued to swear before kicking the vehicle, the court heard.

Andrea Clarke, mitigating, said her client, who had just discovered both his parents were seriously ill, accepted he had been “out of order” and had drunk “far too much” alcohol on the day of the incident.

But she said the offence would not normally trigger a prison term and argued the suspended sentence should not be imposed.

She added that Bishop was due to begin an alcohol treatment programme next week.