Drunk holidaymaker burgled kiosk

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A HOLIDAYMAKER, who drunkenly broke into an ice cream kiosk at Fantasy Island, will have to pay £1,800 in compensation to the owner.

Mark Arnold James Seymour, 40, of Dunholme Close, Bulwell, Nottingham, admitted burglary at Gino’s Whip and Dip on July 14, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting, Mr John Mitchell said security officers discovered at around 4.05am that the kiosk had been broken into and many items strewn around.

When they checked the CCTV images they saw a man breaking into the kiosk at 3.07am.

Items stolen from the kiosk were found on the ground outside Seymour’s camper van and, when police attended, they found Seymour asleep in the cab of the van.

He told police he had had a lot to drink during the afternoon and could not remember anything after that.

Mr Mitchell said that as well as the £372 worth of food that was taken, more food had to be destroyed because it was contaminated.

Equipment was also damaged and the owner had also lost a day’s trading at one of the busiest times of the year.

In mitigation, Mr Gordon Holt said it was not a burglary to obtain money.

He said Seymour had been in a bar with a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer which, together with the medicine he was taking which stated it was not to be taken with alcohol, meant that he became ‘hideously’ drunk.

He said that everything Seymour took he threw on the ground and then fell asleep.

He said Seymour had written to the owner to apologise and had also promised his wife he would not drink alcohol any more.

“He’s at a loss now, in the cold light of day, to understand why he would behave in this way,” he said.

Seymour was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £1800 in compensation.