Man, 50, launches very dirty protest

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A MAN threw what was believed to be excrement and urine at a Job Centre security guard a court was told.

John Turner, 50, of Saville Road, South Shore, admitted assault and causing £160 of damage to a wall and door at the centre on Queen Street.

Turner was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Turner was in the Job Centre for an appointment when he became loud on February 28 at 10.15am. He left but then returned.

The prosecutor added: “He returned carrying a plastic container containing faeces and possibly urine, which he threw at the security guard, catching him on the shoulder.”

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said: “It was not excrement, but food stuff and chicken gravy he had in a box. He felt he had been victimised by the system and he snapped.”

Turner, who suffered from physical illnesses and mental health problems had had difficulties over his benefits for many years.

He had lived in Serbia and the DWP claimed he had been overpaid £10,000 which they were recouping. He now lived in accommodation of abject squalor.

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