Man jailed for climbing Menai Suspension Bridge

North Wales Police

A judge has condemned a man who climb on top of the Menai Suspension Bridge as ”recklessly stupid”.

Craig Jones from Bangor was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to four charges, including causing a public nuisance and threatening a barmaid at a nearby pub.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard Jones had been refused a drink at The Antelope Inn on the mainland and lost his temper. He was already barred from the pub under the Bangor Pubwatch scheme.

Prosecutors said Jones (31), who claimed the pub was on Anglesey, damaged a door at the pub and thrust a wad of cash notes on the counter before walking over to the bridge.

It was closed to traffic for an hour, leading to tailbacks around the area – the RNLI lifeboat from Beaumaris was also also called out to the scene.

A standoff with police ended when he climbed down from the bridge. But when he smashed a bottle and held the shattered glass to his throat, officers tasered Jones and arrested him.

The defence claimed that Jones had panicked and thought he was going to be arrested because of what happened in the pub. He had gone to the pub for lunch with his partner.

His lawyer said he was ”full of remorse” for what happened and hoped he could keep his job in a holiday park.

Jones, who has several previous convictions, wrote a letter of apology to Judge Huw Rees which was read out during sentencing.

Mr Rees told him what happened beggered belief – and he came close to losing his life: ”You caused substantial unnecessary inconvenience to traffic and such was the disruption it is impossible to put a cost on it.”

Around £330 of criminal damage was caused at the pub.

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