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Drunken reveller 'with mobility problems' snaps head off statue while performing sex act 

A drunken reveller ‘with mobility problems’ caused £20,000 worth of damage performing an obscene act on top of a statue.

Stewart Tomlinson, 45, was ordered to pay £4,500 in compensation for snapping the head off The Footie Imp, a statue sponsored for charity by Lincoln City Football Club.

The court was shown closed-circuit television footage from Lincoln centre of the jobless father-of-two twice wrapping his legs around the head of the Imp and simulating a sex act as his drunken companions watched.

The fibre-glass statue, dressed in Lincoln City’s strip, was beheaded on the second occasion 

The fibre-glass statue, dressed in Lincoln City’s strip, was beheaded on the second occasion. Tomlinson and his friends then kicked the broken pieces around before leaving to continue an all-day drinking binge.

Presiding magistrate David Phillips said: ‘So you have reduced mobility and a slipped disc? It’s very surprising that you managed to jump up there twice.’

The statue was part of a trail of 30 sculptures on Lincoln High Street to be auctioned to raise money for a hospice.

Prosecutor Dale Brownless told the magistrate that the total cost to organisers was ‘in excess of £20,000’.

Stewart Tomlinson, 45, was ordered to pay £4,500 in compensation for snapping the head off The Footie Imp, a statue sponsored for charity by Lincoln City Football Club

The court heard that Tomlinson, from Grimsby, North Lincolnshire, said he had received ‘death threats’ over the incident.

He admitted criminal damage on August 29 and was ordered to pay £4,500 compensation, £95 costs and a £95 surcharge.

Tomlinson was also given a 12-month community order.

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