Binge led to bank glass destruction

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN high on drugs and alcohol smashed every pane of glass at the front of a Blackpool bank causing more than £5,000 of damage.

Andrew Warren told police he had come to the resort and had a “mad one” before attacking the bank with an iron grid cover.

Warren, 26, of Old Chorley Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was sentenced to a 16-week curfew from 6pm to 7am, 12 months’ supervision and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Warren went up to a passer-by, confessed to having smashed windows and glass in the door at Barclays Bank, Crescent East, Cleveleys, and told him to call the police on March 3 at 6.15am.

Security measures, boarding up and re-glazing cost the bank £5,378.

The prosecutor said: “The defendant told police he had come to the resort with friends and had had a mad one, consuming large amounts of cocaine and alcohol.

“He had no idea why he had gone to Cleveleys and there was no practical reason for him smashing the glass.

“He said he had not gone inside the bank.”

Tony Slater, defending, said: “This took place as a result of the huge amount of drink and other substances he had.”

Warren had been a very heavy drinker, but gave up two years ago.

Three months ago he broke his leg and he could not do his job as a gardener, so he started drinking again.

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