Plasterer went on rampage in hotel

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A man who shoulder-barged open the door to his Blackpool hotel bedroom stating he could not get his key to unlock the door lied and told the manager three men were chasing him at the time.

Sam Kelly damaged the door a picture frame and the shower curtain as he drunkenly blundered about, but he was caught out when CCTV at the Norbreck Castle hotel was viewed which showed his tale about being chased was untrue.

Kelly, a 20-year-old plasterer, of Collingwood Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 compensation with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said in the early hours of March 15 the manager of the Norbreck Castle hotel got a complaint from guests about noise coming from a bedroom. The manager went to the room Kelly was sharing with his girlfriend and found items had been damaged.

Jo Gregory, defending, said her client had admitted drinking lager, shots and Desperadoes before committing the damage. He had expressed remorse and was offered a conditional caution provided he paid for the damage. Kelly then changed address and the documentation for the conditional caution did not reach him in time.