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Swaffham man admits pub gazebo damage

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A man who was asked to leave a pub released his anger on the way out.

Jack Simpson grabbed and damaged a gazebo as he exited The White Hart in Swaffham.

The 21-year-old was before magistrates in Lynn on Thursday to admit causing damage worth £99.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54415797)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54415797)

Prosecutor Anna Crayford said he had been at the pub with friends on October 22 last year.

“After becoming too loud, he was asked to leave and was refused further service,” she added. “He grabbed hold of the gazebo’s legs in an apparent attempt to pull it over.”

In police interview, Simpson said he hadn’t meant to damage but admitted it was reckless behaviour as he’d been annoyed at being refused further service.

“He drank a little too much – more than was good for him,” said solicitor George Sorrell in mitigation. “The staff at the pub found that he had become unwelcome.”

Mr Sorrell said Simpson was upset because he had been told to “**** off”.

“If that’s true, he might’ve felt some umbrage in being dealt with in that way but he accepts that he shouldn’t have taken it out on the canopy.”

Simpson, of Botwright Drive, Swaffham, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £105 costs plus £99 compensation.

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