Man attacks Ipswich pub

A 27-year-old man is today awaiting a possible prison sentence after threatening to smash up an Ipswich pub.Antonio Wells became aggressive towards the landlord and landlady of the Golden Hind after being told to leave because he was barred.

A 27-year-old man is today awaiting a possible prison sentence after threatening to smash up an Ipswich pub.

Antonio Wells became aggressive towards the landlord and landlady of the Golden Hind after being told to leave because he was barred.

After being arrested, he urinated in his police cell.

Wells, of Robeck Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour and causing criminal damage when he appeared before magistrates in the town on Monday.

The offences are also the latest in a line of breaches of a nine-month suspended jail sentence he was given for affray.

The court heard Wells and a group of friends were being boisterous during an all-day drinking session in the Golden Hind in Nacton Road on May 30.

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He was asked to leave after a member of the public notified the landlord that he had been banned from the pub.

But when the landlord refused to give a reason why, Wells became angry.

Prosecutor Shini Cooksley said: “He started getting verbally aggressive towards the landlord and said, 'If I'm banned then I'm going to make sure it was for a reason.'

“He said he would rip the bar up.”

Wells later shook the landlady's hand, but he said the landlord refused to do the same.

While in custody, Wells said he continually rang the bell in an attempt to be allowed to use the toilet, but was not attended to in time.

His solicitor, Neil Saunders, said: “He couldn't hold out any longer and he relieved himself in the corner.”

Wells apologised and offered to clean it up himself, but a specialist company was brought in to tackle the mess at a cost of �160.

Magistrates adjourned the sentencing to Ipswich Crown Court because they do not have the powers to deal with the breach of the suspended sentence.

Wells was granted bail on the condition that he does not enter the Golden Hind.

Have you been threatened with violence? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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