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King’s Lynn man James Riley damaged cash machine at Sainsbury’s





A “colourful and engaging” man will have to pay back a supermarket after damaging one of its cash machines.

Lynn man James Riley, 36, of no fixed abode, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Thursday charged with criminal damage to property valued under £5,000.

He pleaded guilty to the offence, which he committed at the Hardwick Sainsbury’s store on June 6.

The Sainsbury's store on the Hardwick industrial estate in Lynn. Picture: Google Maps
The Sainsbury's store on the Hardwick industrial estate in Lynn. Picture: Google Maps

Crown prosecutor Lily Orr said that at around 2.30pm on that date, police were alerted after Riley damaged the ATM machine at the supermarket.

Officers watched CCTV footage of the incident, which Miss Orr said showed Riley acting in a “reckless” manner as he leaned on the cash point, causing it to fall.

Mitigating, George Sorrell said: “When he was interviewed by the police, he explained what happened.

“They refer to his actions as reckless. Nobody is saying he deliberately damaged it.

“I won’t pretend that Mr Riley is well-versed in social graces, but the fact of the matter is he is a colourful and engaging man of our society in Lynn.

“He is an alcoholic. He has to drink every day. It is a fact that he needs alcohol.

“This is out of character for him. It was not deliberate.”

Magistrates, led by Ginny Hutton, ordered Riley to pay £200 in compensation to Sainsbury’s.



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