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Staff frightened by drunk man

PUBLISHED: 10:41 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

Frightened workers were forced to take cover in a locked room at a social services office in Lowestoft as a drunken man shouted at them, a court has heard.

Frightened workers were forced to take cover in a locked room at a social services office in Lowestoft as a drunken man shouted at them, a court has heard.

Andrew Whiting, 47, was shouting so loudly at reception staff in Clapham House that police officers could hear him from the street, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court was told yesterday.

Whiting, of Alma Road, Lowestoft had gone to the office, in Clapham Road, at about 10.45am on Wednesday to try to find out more information about a friend who had been hospitalised.

Corrinne Gook-Hurren, prosecuting, said: “Reception staff were so frightened they had to lock themselves in the safety of a back office.”

Whiting admitted disorderly behaviour and was fined £75 and ordered to pay total costs of £75.

Ed Proffitt, for Whiting, said: “He has had a considerable problem with drink in the past. Unfortunately, when he gets drunk, he can be abusive.”

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