A DISGRUNTLED drinker caused £2,000 worth of damage at a South Tyneside social club after throwing balloons filled with human excrement at the premises.
Charles McGeary took the action at the Royal British Legion in Queen Street, South Shields, early on the morning of January 9 after he had been barred from the club following an earlier incident.
The excrement-filled balloons, which were tied up with fishing cord, penetrated the club’s shutters, contaminating stock, causing damage to the ceiling and carpets inside and ruining curtains.
Today club secretary Bob Wilson expressed his disgust at a “deplorable action against an honourable organisation”.
Many of the regulars at the popular social club are ex-servicemen who have served their country in conflict overseas.
Mr Wilson said: “It beggars belief that someone could act in such a disgusting manner against an honourable organisation such as ourselves which looks after ex-servicemen.
I don’t even want to think about how he got this excrement into the balloons.Club secretary Bob Wilson
“I can’t believe he got what he got into those balloons.
“He should be utterly ashamed of himself.”
In a separate incident, McGeary threw faeces in balloons into the backyard of a neighbour’s home in Nora Street, South Shields, over a period between November 1 last year and January 11 this year.
McGeary, 49, of Nora Street, admitted three charges of criminal damage and harassment without violence when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
He was sentenced to a 12-month probation order and was electronically tagged and placed on a curfew order to remain at his home address between 9pm and 7am daily for 13 weeks.
McGeary also has to pay the social club £1,000 in compensation.
Additionally, he was made subject to a probation order not to enter the Royal British Legion Club and not to approach Pamela Carroll or his neighbours Dorothy Thompson, Robert Thompson, Christopher Thompson and William Wilson.
Club secretary Mr Wilson added: “All of this has cost us two grand. We had to bring in industrial cleaners.
“I don’t even want to think about how he got this excrement into the balloons. We all know about anti-social behaviour, but this is anti-social behaviour at its very height. It makes you wonder what is happening to society.
“This is a place where former army and navy servicemen and women can come and chew the fat and then we have some bozo coming here and doing this.
“People really need to know what this man, who was not a member of our club, has done. It’s beyond disgusting.”
Couple’s backyard targeted by faeces throwing McGeary
A COUPLE have revealed how they were “put on edge” for weeks after their neighbour McGeary threw faeces into their backyard.
When bags of excrement started landing on netting at the back of Bob and Dorothy Thompson’s home in Nora Street, South Shields, in November last year they assumed it was a lazy dog walker dispensing of their pet’s mess.
But worse was to follow on Christmas Eve when a balloon filled with excrement landed against a wall, wreaking havoc to patio stones and a Clematis plant.
The couple contacted the police and began keeping a record of the incidents.
Later a neighbour identified a link between McGeary, who lives a few doors down from the Thompsons, and a similar attack at the Royal British Legion Club.
McGeary admitted conduct between November 1 and January 11 which amounted to harassment on an appearance at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to a 12-month probation order and 13-week curfew order.
Mr Thompson, 69, said: “We’d had an issue with him about a disabled parking bay badge, but nothing that would account for behaviour like this. Not knowing who was doing this put us on edge.”
“We’re delighted with the verdict. Now we just want to put this behind us,” said Mrs Thompson, 64.