Ice-cream raider at Fantasy Island

A HOLIDAYMAKER from Bulwell broke into an ice-cream kiosk at Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells, while “hideously drunk”, a court has heard.

Now he has been ordered to pay £1,800 in compensation to the owner of the kiosk.

Mark Seymour (40), of Dunholme Close, appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to burglary at Gino’s Whip and Dip.

He broke into the kiosk in the early hours of Thursday July 14 at the popular East-coast holiday-resort.

John Mitchell (prosecuting) told the court security officers discovered, at 4.05 am, that the kiosk had been broken into. Many items, including ice-creams and equipment, were strewn around.

When officers checked images from nearby CCTV cameras, they saw a man breaking into the kiosk at 3.07 am.

Items stolen from the raid were found on the ground outside Seymour’s camper van and, when police attended, they found Seymour asleep in the cab of the van.

He told officers he had had a lot to drink during the afternoon and could not remember anything after that.

Mr Mitchell told the court that as well as the £372 worth of food which was taken, more food had to be destroyed because it was contaminated.

Equipment was also damaged and the owner lost a day’s trading at one of the busiest times of the year.

In mitigation, Gordon Holt (defending) said it was not a burglary to obtain money.

He said Seymour had been in a bar with a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer which, when combined with the medication he was taking at the time, meant that he became extremely drunk.

He said that after the break-in, Seymour threw everything he had taken on the floor and then fell asleep.

Mr Holt said Seymour had since written to the kiosk owner to apologise.

He has also made a promise to his wife that he would not drink alcohol any more.

“He’s at a loss now, in the cold light of day, to understand why he would behave in this way,” added Mr Holt.

Seymour was given a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community, as well as the £1,800 in compensation.