Man admits causing Menai Bridge closure

A court has heard a Bangor man caused the Menai Suspension Bridge to close over the weekend after he was refused a drink at a pub.

The bridge was closed for around an hour on Saturday afternoon after Craig Jones climbed onto the railings after walking out of the Antelope Inn on the mainland.

Prosecutors said Jones (31) lost his temper threatened a barmaid who refused to serve him. He broke a glass pane and walked over to the bridge. The closure led to tailbacks in the area and the RNLI lifeboat from Beaumaris was called out to the scene.

But the defence said Jones never intended to harm himself or take his own life – but there had been a ‘history’ between the defendant and the barmaid.

The court heard he had lost his temper ”quite inappropriately” and wanted to apologise to those affected by his behaviour.

Jones pleaded guilty to four charges – including breaching a criminal behaviour order imposed last month by Caernarfon magistrates. He was remanded in custody until sentencing at the crown court on Friday 12th October.

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