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Man admits restaurant burglary

PUBLISHED: 11:38 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 05 July 2010

A 30-year-old has admitted breaking into a family restaurant in Lowestoft after being found sitting on the toilet by a member of staff.

Anthony Williams entered the Harvester Potters Kiln restaurant and pub in Leisure Way, Lowestoft, on March 26.

A 30-year-old has admitted breaking into a family restaurant in Lowestoft after being found sitting on the toilet by a member of staff.

Anthony Williams entered the Harvester Potters Kiln restaurant and pub in Leisure Way, Lowestoft, on March 26.

He was one of a group of seven burglars who fled from the restaurant after being challenged by two female members of staff just after midnight.

Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, told Ipswich Crown Court on Friday that a female worker had gone into the restaurant to pick up her friend, who also worked there, when she heard noises coming from the private staff area.

She went to investigate and pushed open the door to find Williams sitting on the toilet. She was then grabbed by six men with their faces covered with scarves, who tried to fix her hands together with plastic ties.

She struggled and the intruders fled, stealing just a mobile phone, after her friend came into the room and challenged them.

Mr Shaw said that Williams, of Vicarage Lane, London, then got off the toilet, sprayed some bathroom cleaner on the floor and ran out after his accomplices into the wooded area beyond the restaurant, off Yarmouth Road. Police later found his fingerprints on the bottle of bathroom spray.

Judge John Holt accepted Williams' plea to a charge of burglary, reduced from an earlier charge of aggravated burglary.

Neela Sharma, defending, said: “Mr Williams was found on the toilet with the door shut. He accepts that he was on the premises but he did not have his face covered at any stage.

“He had had a bit to drink, got nervous and ended up on the loo. He was not aware that they were going to take ties and face scarves with them. He spent most of the time in the toilet.”

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be written. Williams was granted unconditional bail and will return to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing on October 27.

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