Jobless drunk smashes window

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN lashed out after being told he could not sign on for benefits because he had been drinking.

James Anderson smashed the window of the Blackpool Job Centre after staff refused to deal with him.

The 26-year-old, of Coop Street, Blackpool, was told to come back when he was sober.

But instead, Anderson went outside and fell over a railing before picking up a barrier with a pole on it and running at the Job Centre door, on Queen Street.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard he then threw a stone, smashing a pane of glass.

At the magistrates’ court yesterday, Anderson pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was sentenced to 60 days activity requirement during which he will get advice on his alcohol problem, and was ordered to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and £20 victims’ surcharge.

Peter Manning, defending, said Anderson had been frightened he would not get his benefits and became frustrated and angry.

Mr Manning added that Anderson now accepted he had an alcohol problem.

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