Cyclist smashed windows of pub after bicycle locked in

Pubs in Lytham. Ship and Royal

Pubs in Lytham. Ship and Royal

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An angry boyfriend smashed the windows in a Lancashire pub after discovering he was locked out of the venue.

Lee Ashworth had earlier argued with his girlfriend, who worked at the pub, and was furious because he could not get his bicycle, which was still inside, a court heard.

The 34-year-old fencing company worker, of Lytham Road, Warton, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £495 compensation, £85 costs, a £150 court charge plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Martine Connah said that on September 26 at about 1.40am the deputy manager of the Ship and Royal pub, on Clifton Street, Lytham, noted Ashworth 
being verbally abusive to his partner.

Ashworth’s partner was a bar worker at the pub, but was not working that night. She said she did not want to go home with Ashworth and asked to stay.

When Ashworth found the pub doors had been locked, he kicked a fire door and broke two windows.

Patrick Nelligan, defending him, said after leaving the pub for a cigarette, Ashworth returned to find he was locked out. His bicycle was inside and it was a long way home.

Ashworth got the deputy manager’s attention, but felt he just laughed at him. The court heard his frustration “got the better of him”.