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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Angry man lunged at member of staff in Carlisle bank - court

A man became aggressive to bank staff when he was unable to withdraw cash, a court has heard.

Carlisle magistrates were told the incident happened when Lee David Roger McNeill, 50, of Greenacres, Wetheral, went into the Halifax in Carlisle on Christmas Eve to get money for presents.

The cashier asked for his bank card and details of his account which he didn’t have with him. He became agitated when told he couldn’t withdraw cash without them.

The court was also told he banged on the desk, threw part of his mobile phone to the ground, then lunged at a member of staff. The police were called.

Helen Wallace, defending, told the magistrates that McNeill went into the bank to withdraw money for family Christmas presents. It was in fact the wrong bank as he had intended to go to the Santander branch.

She said McNeill was suffering from stress at the time and had taken anti-depressants, together with alcohol. He could remember nothing of the incident at all. Miss Wallace said that three days after the incident he went into the Halifax to apologise to staff as he realised his behaviour was unacceptable.

McNeill was fined £70 after he pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour.

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