Drug addict admits breaking into Weston-super-Mare pub


- Credit: Archant

A homeless cocaine addict smashed his way into a Weston pub late at night to steal cash.

Anthony Lane, aged 34, used a rock to break a window of the Off The Rails pub at Weston train station.

He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at North Somerset Courthouse this month.

Lane’s crime was discovered by a pub employee early on November 6 as shards of glass were left strewn across the floor. The cost of the damage was estimated at £600.

On inspection she found £75 had been taken from the till and behind the bar.

You may also want to watch:

Magistrates were told Lane had a £25-50 per day class A drug addiction and had not worked since moving to Weston 10 years ago.

Gareth Needs, defending, said it was a ‘very low figure’ to steal.

Most Read

He added: “There wasn’t any vandalism inside. Nothing appeared out of place, apart from the damaged window.”

Lane was ordered to complete 25 days rehabilitation activity through a community order.

He must also pay £75 compensation and £85 victim surcharge.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter