Father attacked door at Christmas

AN Ipswich father who tried to break down his former in-law's door on Christmas Day has been told to pay for the damage.

AN Ipswich father who tried to break down his former in-law's door on Christmas Day has been told to pay for the damage.

Michael Clarke's ex-partner and children had visited his home in Reynolds Road for presents and dinner South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.

Naomi Turner, prosecuting, said the 42-year-old had been drinking so his former partner Lorraine Wegg said she was going to her mothers. Clarke telephoned there and then went to her parents address in Gloucester Road where he shouted for her to let him in.

Mrs Turner said: “He said if you do not let me in I will break in”.


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Clarke then “donkey kicked” the door splitting the frame.

He told police he still had strong feelings for his ex and was angry and emotional.

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Unemployed Clarke pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage. He was conditionally discharged for 12 months but told to pay �200 compensation to repair the door and �60 towards court costs.

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