December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A man, who appears to harbour a grudge against Barclays Bank, has admitted affray after he went into the Acle branch armed with a blowtorch and petrol, a court heard.
Derek Tubby, 60, from Rollesby, went into the Barclays Bank branch on the Street carrying a blowtorch and petrol can and although threats were made he did not discharge the items, Norwich Crown Court heard.
The court heard that Tubby had a long standing issue with the bank as in 2009 he had gone into the Lowestoft branch armed with a crowbar and had banged it on the counter.
Andrea Lock, prosecuting said:”He appears to have a long-standing issue with Barclays Bank.”
She said the prosecution would be looking to get a restraining order made against Tubby not to go into any branches of Barclays.
Tubby was remanded in custody and will appear again on November 1 for sentence.
His barrister, Andrew Oliver, said that Tubby accepted he went into the branch with a blow torch and petrol but never intended to use the items.
“It was a threat he had no intention of using them.”
He said there were no mental health issues and Tubby had no history of any mental health difficulties
Judge Stephen Holt warned Tubby that the matter was very serious but adjourned his case for reports.
Tubby sparked a major police response when he went into the bank on September 23 at lunchtime.
There were four members of staff in the branch at the time. A taser was used at the scene and Tubby was arrested.