Barred drinker smashed up Sunderland pub

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A DRINKER who was barred from a pub for 10 years for falling asleep went on a £7,000 wrecking spree.

John Thubron was ordered to keep out of the Thorney Close Inn in Sunderland, a court heard.

But he went into the pub and asked the landlady if he could join his sister for a pint on January 14.

When she refused, he pushed over beer pumps and smashed mirrors, causing thousands of pounds in damage.

Thuborn, of Tilbury Road, Thorney Close, pleased guilty to one offence of criminal damage at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard he thought he “might as well get barred for doing something” before sending pumps crashing to the ground.

Landlady Glenda Reay left the bar to call police and when she returned, the pub’s mirrors had also been damaged.

In a statement read out to the court by prosecutor Glenda Beck, she said how the incident had left her shaken and she was afraid Thubron was going to “hurt someone”.

The pub was left with no draught beer or lager and staff had to serve up bottles to an 18th birthday party which was taking place at the time.

Defending, Heather Bolton said the 39-year-old, who had one previous conviction dating back to 2002, had previously been allowed in the pub for family gatherings and was sorry for what he’d done.

She said: “He immediately made admissions to the police and has express remorse and is deeply ashamed of his actions.

“He is a man that can stay out of trouble.”

District Judge Roger Elsey imposed an 18-month community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work.

He also told Thubron the court was formally excluding him from the pub during this time.

Thuborn must also pay £500 to the landlady, to cover the costs of insurance excess and £50 towards court costs.

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