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Homeless man threatened security guard in South Lynn with mop-pole

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A Lynn man threatened a security guard with a mop pole when he was refused access to West Norfolk Council’s homeless pods.

It happened when Lucas Turnbull, 27, returned to the site in South Lynn at about 10.15pm on October 15.

Prosecutor Anna Crayford told town magistrates on Thursday: “The security guard wouldn’t let him into his pod because, I understand, he’d broken the rules of the site.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53200222)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53200222)

“He then became hostile and verbally abusive.

“He hit the window of the security hurt, completely smashing a pane of glass.

“He then reaches in and takes a mop, removing the head. He uses the pole to hit the other pane of glass on the security hut. That smashes.”

Security guard Rolandas Cirvinskas was then threatened to be struck with the pole.

“Police arrive and the defendant flees,” said Miss Crayford. “He’s seen on CCTV running down the street, still with the pole. He’s arrested a short time later.”

Turnbull pleaded guilty to a public order offence and criminal damage. He also admitted to two counts of possession of class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) in Loke Road on September 18 and breaching a conditional discharge.

Tim Bartlam, mitigating, said his client struggles to contain his emotions and the “red mist” had descended.

“He came back to the pod and was told he couldn’t go back to where he wanted to sleep. In fact a decision had been made in authority that they didn’t want him there at all.

“What a way of telling someone they are going to be homeless again.”

Turnbull, now of Boudicca Court, was fined £50 and ordered to pay £50 compensation to both the council and Mr Cirvinskas.

There was no separate penalty for the drugs possession and no action was taken on the court order breach.

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