Drinker gets job in bar he smashed

1066 Tavern 1986

A KIND licensee gave a man a job in the bar he had smashed up. Mark Ward needed 60
stitches in his hands and arms after he broke windows in the 1066 pub at Canvey’s Paddocks centre, Rochford magistrates heard.

When police arrived, the 25-year-old drinker exploded again and ripped the blue lamp off their car. But 1066 manager Mr Richard Calvy had since taken pity on his moody customer. Ward, of Wellbeck Road, Canvey, was now taking home £70 a week as a handyman around the bar.


He admitted damaging the windows and car lamp, and received three years’ probation with a condition of psychiatric treatment, with £20 costs and £1,041 compensation to pay.

The trouble arose after Ward mislaid car ac­cessories he had brought into the bar. His solicitor Mr David Hook said they were needed for an Austin van he was rebuilding. Mr Hook added: “The vehicle was his pride and joy. When he found the items gone, he flipped and lost control.” “The damage was done with his bare hands.”

He said it was not the first time Ward had suf­fered an inexplicably sud­den change of mood. A feature of the case was that Ward had now returned to the pub to work.

Mr Calvy had accepted his apologies, taken an in­terest in him and was trying to help him fight his alcohol problem.

From the Echo Newspaper Archive

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