Wisbech man who used bell bar to smash hostel windows gets conditional discharge

FURIOUS Adam Cletheroe used an iron bell bar to smash windows at a Wisbech hostel after his girlfriend returned home with two men. Cletheroe had first intended to confront the men with the bar – but changed his mind and used it to destroy �1,300 worth of

FURIOUS Adam Cletheroe used an iron bell bar to smash windows at a Wisbech hostel after his girlfriend returned home with two men.

Cletheroe had first intended to confront the men with the bar - but changed his mind and used it to destroy �1,300 worth of windows instead.

The 21-year-old was living at The Staithe hostel in Holmes Drive, Wisbech, at the time of the offence, Fenland magistrates were told.

In the early hours of December 10, Cletheroe's girlfriend returned home drunk, accompanied by two men.


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"After they left, the defendant was extremely angry," said prosecutor Emma Duckett. "He ran after them, carrying the iron bar bell, then ran back home where he smashed a number of panes in a fire door and a bedroom window. He stayed outside the staff office until police arrived."

Cletheroe told police he had become stressed after failing to take medication he normally took to keep him calm.

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"He went to his room to get the bar to confront his girlfriend and the two men, but instead he caused the damaged," she said.

Mitigating, Andrew Cogan said Cletheroe suffered from mental health issues and anger management issues.

The court gave Cletheroe a one year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay �250 compensation to Stonham Housing.

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