Man in court accused of threatening to ‘smash up’ job centre computer

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with allegedly threatening to “smash up” a job centre computer.

Daniel William James Thompson is accused of threatening to cause damage to property on January 29.

The offence is said to have occurred when the 24-year-old was speaking to a job centre worker on the telephone about a problem with his benefit.

His solicitor, Stuart Haywood asked justices at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court to adjourn the hearing so he could write to the Crown Prosecution Service about a legal matter. Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Barbara Sutherland adjourned the case until March 5.

She released Thompson, of Rydal Street, Hartlepool, on unconditional bail.

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