Jobless man smashed cashpoint

The Galleon Bar, Abingdon Street, Blackpool
The Galleon Bar, Abingdon Street, Blackpool
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A bar customer had a temper tantrum and smashed a cash machine because he believed it had kept his card.

Christopher Ashton then went to staff at the Galleon Bar and reported the cash machine had been broken, not mentioning that he himself was the culprit.

Ashton, a 27-year-old out-of-work mechanic, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was sentenced to a two-month curfew from 8pm to 7am and fined £50 with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Ashton went up to a staff member at the Galleon Bar and reported that their cash machine was damaged on May 10 about 2am. CCTV footage showed it was Ashton himself who had damaged the machine by punching the glass panel at the top.

Sarah McIntyre, defending, said Ashton got angry because he thought the machine had kept his card. He lashed out recklessly, not intending to cause the damage and not believing the glass in the machine would break so easily.