New Year’s Eve reveller fined £200 for damage

AN EASTBOURNE man brought the New Year in with a bang – smashing two restaurant windows and causing hundreds of pounds of damage, a court heard.

Edward Bunce, 24, of Monceux Road pleaded guilty to breaking two small windows of the Harry Ramsden’s seafront restaurant at around midnight on New Year’s Eve, causing £200 worth of damage.

Police said they saw him repeatedly smashing a bottle into the window of the fish and chip shop in Terminus Road, although Bunce said he kicked the windows in, before fleeing the scene. Police caught up with Bunce, hiding in a pile of mud and leaves in Trinity Trees car park, and arrested him on January 1.

Prosecutor Claire Prodger said, “Police officers driving along Terminus Road pulled level with Harry Ramsden’s and saw him.

“One of them heard a large smash and saw him running away from the vicinity.”

Bunce, a baker who used to work in Preston before the factory he worked in closed down, was ordered to pay £200 in compensation, which will be taken from his benefits, and given an 18-month conditional discharge at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (January 11).

Antony Stannard, defending, said, “This appears to be a mindless act of criminal damage. There does not appear to be any good reason for him to damage the window.”