Vandal targeted tattooist

A MAN WHO kicked in the window of a tattoo parlour on the Scarborough Esplanade in Skegness, has an alcohol problem, a court has been told.

James Roy Merrills, 26, of Archer Street, Lincoln, admitted the damage when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told Merrills was visiting relatives in the town when he went as part of a group to the Esplanade and was looking through the six by four foot window of the tattoo parlour, when he stepped back and kicked it with his left foot, smashing it.

After being followed by a witness, Merrills was arrested and told police he’d been drinking and had lent his foot against the window and unintentionally broken it.

In mitigation for Merrills, it was said he had had an alcohol problem for six or seven years and would welcome help, although he was voluntarily attending Addaction at Lincoln.

It was said he drank alcohol every day and it was getting him into difficulties.

After hearing from the Probation Service, the magistrates imposed a 12 month community order with 12 months supervision and a six month alcohol treatment plan.

He was also ordered to pay £50 in compensation.