Man attacked Xmas tree in Clitheroe bank dispute

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A 49-year-old man saw red after a dispute in the Clitheroe branch of his bank.

Blackburn magistrates heard Nigel Graham Biddulph knocked over the Christmas tree and ripped a CCTV camera off the wall, causing £200 worth of damage.

Biddulph, formerly of Derwent Crescent, Clitheroe, but now living in Blackburn Road, Accrington, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to the CCTV camera in Lloyds Bank, Church Street. He was ordered to pay £200 in compensation for the damage and £40 to the bank cashier who served him.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Biddulph went into the bank and said he had paid £800 into his account the day before, but had only wanted to pay in £700 and wanted the £100 back.

“The cashier asked for his account number, but he refused to give it,” said Miss Allan. “He started swearing at her and then jumped up and ripped the CCTV camera off the wall before knocking over the Christmas tree.”

When he was interviewed by police, Biddulph said he lost his temper because the bank assistant wasn’t listening to him.